Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon With ‘Achilles’ Injury

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon With ‘Achilles’ Injury

Former world number one Naomi Osaka withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday due to an Achilles injury. The four-time Grand Slam winner posted on Twitter, “My Achilles is not well yet so I’ll see you next time.” Osaka, 24, was already considering not playing in the ATP and WTA Tours, depriving Wimbledon of rating points as the All England club banned Russian and Belarusian players in response to the attack on Ukraine. Had given Osaka’s tweet, although not specifically mentioning Wimbledon, was accompanied by a picture of himself on the grass court and an emoji of a grass blade.

The Japanese player first encountered Achilles in his opening match in Madrid in May, an injury that forced him to withdraw from the next Italian Open.

This month he posted a video of the training exercise on social media with the caption. “Here I am running on an underwater treadmill because my Achilles is stubborn yet I must be old or something.”

Osaka’s name was included in the singles entry list for Wimbledon when it was released last week, but she was not included in the grass court warm-up events.

Osaka, who have never qualified for the third round at an All-England club, lost their first round at last month’s French Open, raising the possibility of losing the Grass Court Grand Slam.

“Given the current situation, I’m more inclined not to play,” he said.

“I think if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s like a show,” he continued.

“The move was well-intentioned, but it is being implemented everywhere.”

Osaka’s return follows former Wimbledon finalist Eugene Bouchard, who withdrew from the third Grand Slam of the season on Friday.

The Canadian said the lack of world ranking points was not in line with his plan to recover from the injury.

Both players’ names were missing from the latest list of players.

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Osaka made it to the third round twice in 2017 and 2018, the last time it participated in the tournament was in 2019.

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