The 2021 Wimbledon Championships will be without two of the world’s best tennis stars after Naomi Osaka followed Rafael Nadal in withdrawing from the Grand Slam. Osaka hit the headlines at the French Open after deciding to skip her media obligations, leading to a backlash from Roland Garros officials.
The world No 2 later pulled out of the tournament after winning her first-round match, insisting she needed to take some time away from the sport.
It wasn’t clear at the time whether Osaka would make her return to competitive action at this year’s Wimbledon.
But it’s now been confirmed that the Japanese tennis star will not take part at SW19.
Her management team announced that Osaka will be “taking some personal time”.
“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,” a statement read.
“She is taking some personal time with friends and family.
“She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”
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