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Former world number one Naomi Osaka will not play in the upcoming Wimbledon tournament, withdrawing her name on Saturday due to a leg injury. Osaka has been attempting to play through an Achilles injury, which occurred prior to last month’s French Open where she lost in the first round.
Naomi Osaka of Japan vs Amanda Anisimova of USA during the Women’s Singles First Round match on Day 2 of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2022 in Paris, France.
(Tnani Badreddine/DeFodi Images via Getty Images )Osaka’s name was listed among players who had withdrawn from the tournament on Saturday, and the four-time Grand Slam winner confirmed the news on social media. SERENA WILLIAMS RETURNING TO WIMBLEDON VIA WILD-CARD ENTRY”My Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time,” Osaka posted to social media. Osaka has not played at Wimbledon since 2019, after the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Osaka took a leave of absence from tennis prior to 2021 Wimbledon. US OPEN LETS RUSSIAN TENNIS PLAYERS COMPETE UNDER NEUTRAL FLAGPrior to Saturday’s announcement, Osaka was already unsure if she would participate at Wimbledon, following the news that the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) would not award any ranking points at Wimbledon due to The All-England Club’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players.
Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts against Amanda Anisimova of USA during the Women’s Singles First Round match on Day 2 of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2022 in Paris.
(Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but like at the same time, for me, it’s kind of like — I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended, but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by, like, seeing my ranking go up or, like, you know, stuff like that,” Osaka said May 23, according to ESPN. “So I think the intention was really good, but the execution is kind of all over the place.”
Naomi Osaka of Japan plays against Amanda Anisimova of United States during the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2022, in Paris.
(Antonio Borga/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)Osaka has never won at Wimbledon, but is a two-time U.S. Open and Australian Open champion. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWimbledon is scheduled to be played from June 27 to July 10. Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.
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