Tennis: Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon due to Achilles injury

Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during her second round match against Spain's Sara Soribes Tormo REUTERS / Susanna Vera

Japanese Naomi Osaka (REUTERS / photo file))

Former world number one Naomi Osaka has resigned from Wimbledon due to an Achilles injury on her left, the four-time Grand Slam champion announced on Saturday.

Japan’s Osaka injured in Madrid, forcing her to miss the WTA 1000 in Rome before The French Open, where she lost in the first round.

Last week, she posted a video on social media, saying, “Here I am running on an underwater treadmill because my Achilles is still stubborn (sic) I must be old or something.”

She added on Saturday: “My Achilles is still wrong, so I’ll see you next time.”

Osaka has said after its defeat at Roland Garros that it is not 100% sure whether it will play on grass this season.

The ATP for men and the WTA for women withdrew points from the Grand Slam after organizers of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Osaka thought that playing in major without the possibility of earning points would not help her rankings, and the decision of the authorities reduced her motivation to play.

Osaka, who is ranked 43rd, also withdrew from Wimbledon last year after taking a break for “personal reasons” – a month after leaving the French Open due to mental health problems.

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