Naomi Osaka is not going to play on this yr’s French Open. After successful her third Grand Slam title at this yr’s US Open, Osaka introduced her withdrawal from the ultimate Grand Slam of the season on Thursday.
In an announcement shared to social media, Osaka defined that she could be skipping the clay-court event because of a nagging hamstring harm. Osaka, 22, had her left hamstring taped throughout the entirety of her US Open run. She first sustained the harm in August on the Western & Southern Open, which compelled her to withdraw from that championship match.
“Sadly I will not be capable of play the French Open this yr,” Osaka mentioned within the assertion.
“My hamstring remains to be sore so I will not have sufficient time to arrange for the clay. These two tournaments got here too shut collectively for me this time. I want the organizers and gamers all one of the best.”
Defending champion Ashleigh Barty additionally withdrew from the French Open earlier this month. Barty cited coronavirus issues and problems with journey that prevented her from adequately coaching for the event. After Serena Williams’ semi-final defeat by the hands of runner up Victoria Azarenka, Williams confirmed her participation on the upcoming French Open.
Osaka has not made it previous the third spherical on the French Open in her three profession appearances. Final yr, she misplaced to Karolina Pliskova misplaced within the third spherical.
The 2020 US Open was simply the second Grand Slam of the season after Wimbledon introduced the cancellation of its event this yr. The 2020 French Open was postponed from its typical late Could to early June schedule, and as an alternative is now scheduled to start on Sept. 27. With the adjustments, the French Open is about to start simply two weeks after the conclusion of the US Open.
Just like the US Open, the French Open will function with a two-location bubble arrange for gamers to remain all through the event. Nevertheless, the French Tennis Federation has introduced that there shall be followers allowed to attend, with a most of 5,000 per day.