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World No. 2 Naomi Osaka Won’t Participate in Wimbledon

After expressing her difficulties with mental health and withdrawing from The French Open in late May, Osaka has chosen to not participate in Wimbledown.

Instead, she’ll take personal time with friends and family and will be ready to compete for the Olympics. Osaka also pulled out of the Berlin WTA 5000 grass-court tournament on Monday.

Before she withdrew from the Roland Garros tournament, she experienced controversy as she decided to skip mandatory postmatch news conferences. Osaka was fined $15,000 for not taking part in postmatch interviews.

After being fined, Osaka shared a lengthy statement on her social media. “Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” she wrote. “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.”

She revealed that she had been dealing with anxiety and depression since bursting into the limelight by winning the US Open in 2018, the first of her four Grand Slam titles.

Oskaka’s withdrawal comes after Rafael Nadal announced he was withdrawing from Wimbledon and this summer’s Tokyo Olympics in an effort to preserve his health and prolong his career.

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