Osaka withdraws from French Open with hamstring harm

Paris, September 17

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring harm, she mentioned on Thursday.

The 22-year-old had her left hamstring taped when she battled again in opposition to Victoria Azarenka within the US Open remaining in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” the world No. three wrote on social media in a message she additionally posted in Japanese.

“My hamstring continues to be sore so I will not have time to arrange for the clay – these two tournaments got here too shut to one another for me this time.

“I wish the organisers and players all the best.”

The French Open shall be held from September 27-October 11 after being moved from its normal late May-June slot as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The hamstring challenge had prompted Osaka to withdraw from the ultimate of the Western & Southern Open within the run-up to the US Open however it didn’t seem to hamper her at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka made headlines in New York as a lot for her performances on court docket as for her dedication to social justice causes.

For every of her US Open matches she wore a distinct masks that carried the identify of a Black American, aiming to focus on racial injustice within the United States to a wider viewers.

The withdrawal of Osaka, who has by no means superior previous the third spherical at Roland Garros, comes as one other blow to the event after world No. 1 Ash Barty of Australia mentioned she wouldn’t be defending her title because of COVID-19 considerations.

On the boys’s facet, Roger Federer won’t compete as he continues to get better from knee surgical procedure.

Osaka’s absence would enhance Serena Williams’s possibilities of successful a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title if the American chooses to play. The 38-year-old has pulled out of the Italian Open with an Achilles challenge.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) mentioned on Thursday it will permit 5,000 spectators per day following a current spike in COVID-19 circumstances within the nation. It had beforehand mentioned the clay-court main would allow a most of 11,500 followers per day. Reuters


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