Wimbledon 2022: Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka to skip Grand Slam match over Achilles harm

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Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka introduced Saturday she won’t play at Wimbledon for a second straight 12 months. Osaka, who missed last year’s Wimbledon whereas taking a psychological well being break, will skip the 2022 occasion due to a left Achilles harm. 

In a tweet posted Saturday morning, Osaka wrote her Achilles “still isn’t right” and described her present headspace. 

“I feel like life keeps dealing cards and you’re never gonna be used to them,” Osaka wrote, “but it’s how you adapt to uncomfortable situations that really says stuff about your character.” 

Osaka, 24, a four-time main champion, noticed her rating plummet to No. 43 this week. Osaka’s drop is basically a byproduct of her enjoying solely 17 matches this season, tied for 54th amongst gamers on the WTA Tour this season. 

The final time Osaka performed an official match was May 24, when she took a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Amanda Anismova within the French Open’s first spherical. 

Osaka hinted at a possible Wimbledon absence after the defeat, saying she could not “go at it 100%” if rating factors weren’t going to be awarded. Wimbledon will not award rating factors this 12 months as a part of a response the WTA and ATP made to the All England Club’s choice to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers over the struggle in Ukraine. 

“I’m not sure why, but I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition. I know this isn’t true, right? But my brain just like feels that way. Whenever I think something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100%,” Osaka mentioned on the time, per CBS News. “I didn’t even make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing, given the current circumstances.”

Osaka hasn’t received at Wimbledon since 2018, when she reached the third spherical. She was bounced within the first spherical the next 12 months, and he or she did not get an opportunity at redemption in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic compelled that match’s cancellation. 


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