US OPEN champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of this month’s French Open resulting from health issues.
The Japanese star gained her second US Open – and third main title – when she beat Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 1-6 6-3 6-3 in New York final Saturday.
US Open champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open resulting from a lingering hamstring harmCredit score: EPA
Nonetheless, she stated in a Twitter message posted this morning that she is not going to be match to play the clay-court Slam in Paris, which begins on Sunday September 27, resulting from a lingering hamstring concern.
Her left leg had been closely taped-up throughout her victory at Flushing Meadows.
Osaka, 22, stated: “Initially, thanks a lot for all of the assist during the last three weeks. I couldn’t have completed it with out you.
“Sadly I gained’t have the ability to play on the French Open this yr.
“My hamstring continues to be sore so I gained’t have sufficient time to organize for the clay.
“These two tournaments got here too shut to one another for me.
“I want the organisers and gamers all the perfect.”
The world No3, who additionally gained the Australian Open in 2019, has by no means gone previous the third spherical in 4 makes an attempt at Roland Garros.
Osaka had her left thigh strapped throughout her victorious fortnight at Flushing Meadows Credit score: AP:Related Press
Nonetheless, it’s one other blow to an occasion that had been moved from the spring to the autumn due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.
World No1 Ashleigh Barty will not defend her French Open singles title due to well being and journey issues.
Within the males’s draw, the 20-time Slam winner Roger Federer is recovering from knee surgery.
French Open chiefs have reduce the variety of followers allowed to attend every day of the match from 11,500 to five,000 due to surging coronavirus figures within the nation.
In the meantime, Osaka acquired reward from Billie Jean King following her activism throughout the US Open.
Osaka wore a distinct face masks for each match bearing the identify of a black sufferer of violence within the US.
She had additionally boycotted the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open for twenty-four hours in protest in opposition to racial inequality and police brutality – earlier than withdrawing from the ultimate as a result of hamstring downside.
Naomi is absolutely particular and will probably be a tremendous chief by way of the years as a result of she cares. We’re very lucky to have her.
Billie Jean King on Naomi Osaka
King, 76, who has spent a lifetime combating for equality in tennis, stated: “Naomi is absolutely particular and I actually suppose she will probably be a tremendous chief by way of the years as a result of she cares. We’re very lucky to have her in our sport.
“I like Osaka as a result of when she is interviewed she really seems on the interviewer.
“You possibly can inform that she’s pondering and he or she has genuine, heartfelt solutions.
“It’s so nice while you see the younger individuals pushing.
“And black lives do matter so I believe it’s superb what she is doing.
“Simply suppose, she’s 22 years outdated so she’s simply getting began. I’m so blissful that she’s utilizing all the probabilities (expertise) that she has.”