Naomi Osaka has become the latest high-profile star to pull out of Wimbledon, in a decision that has left tennis fans sad but perhaps not surprised.
Fresh from the news men’s superstar Rafael Nadal was also withdrawing from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games, Osaka’s team confirmed she wouldn’t be taking part in the grass-court grand slam at the All England Club.
Osaka has withdrawn from the year’s third major because of personal reasons, but she will be targeting the Tokyo Olympic Games in her homeland, beginning in July.
The Japanese player has been on a break from tennis to deal with her mental health concerns after sensationally quitting the French Open at the end of last month.
The 23-year-old withdrew from the tournament before her second round match after organisers fined her when she refused to attend mandatory post-match press conferences.
The Australian Open champion said unsympathetic questioning after games had impacted on her mental well-being.
Wimbledon chiefs only yesterday offered a positive outlook on Osaka’s chances of playing in the grass-court major, with Wimbledon CEO Sally Bolton revealing that they’d reached out to her team.
Tournament director Jamie Baker added: “I had the conversation with her team. It’s absolutely clear that we’re here, we’re completely open for any discussions when they want to have that.
“Hopefully it goes without saying that we want the best players competing here no matter what.
“We treat every single player with a tremendous amount of care. That’s one of the main reasons for me and my role. We’ve been building those relationships so there’s a constant, ongoing dialogue and we will just continue to behave in this way.”
However, Osaka’s team have now revealed that the 23-year-old will use the Wimbledon period to be with loved ones, before she gets “ready for the Olympics”.
“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. 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,” Osaka’s agent reported on Thursday.
The four-time grand slam winner had announced in the build-up to the French Open that she would not face the media and stuck to her stance, which led to a $US15,000 ($A19,800) fine.
Pictured here, Naomi Osaka at Wimbledon in 2019.
Wimbledon chiefs had hoped Naomi Osaka would compete at the All England Club in 2021. Pic: Getty
A strongly-worded letter from the board of the four grand slam tournaments followed, warning her of possible expulsion from Roland Garros and future majors – after which she announced her withdrawal on social media.
French Open organisers defended their handling of the situation but accepted that the governing bodies need to do better on mental health issues.
Osaka’s withdrawal is a second blow to Wimbledon after 20-times Grand Slam winner Rafa Nadal also announced on Thursday that he was skipping the tournament following a gruelling clay-court season.
Shattered tennis fans have flooding social media to share their disappointment at the news.
Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon, not a surprise being only a few weeks after the French Open. Needs a longer break from tennis.
Rafa Nadal also withdraws today
Sad for tennis but the sport is bigger than individual names and we will still enjoy Wimbledon just as much.
— The Tennis Talker (@TheTennisTalker) June 17, 2021
Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon. I am sending my best wishes to her! At the end of the day, she needs to do what’s best for her!
— 𝐵𝑒𝒸𝒸𝒶 (@MJFINESSELOVER) June 17, 2021
Sad to see Naomi Osaka withdrawing from Wimbledon but again not surprised , the tournament this year will be bit worse for not having her and Nadal in it #Wimbledon2021
— Martyn Waller (@Martynw34) June 17, 2021
😫😫😫😫 First Rafa withdraw from Wimbledon now Naomi Osaka gathering a pray circle for my other favourite players 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/ODqJ1F4ZxN
— Sophia reid (@sophiareid69) June 17, 2021
Gutted really wanted to see what Naomi Osaka could do at Wimbledon this year 😞 but her health must come first
— JonYouens (@socialmediajon1) June 17, 2021
Rafa out and now Osaka… sad for this year’s Wimbledon but I’m glad both are prioritizing their health — physically and mentally #Wimbledon
— Ashley Ahn (@ashleyahn88) June 17, 2021
Osaka out of Wimbledon. I’m as shocked as I am by Rafa’s withdrawal. Maybe the pandemic has everyone feeling like an exposed nerve — things are hitting everyone harder, inc. elite athletes.
Roger Federer’s mother reveals a secret about him
Lynette Federer talked about a secret of her son Roger Federer
Roger Federer will play an exhibition match in the Cape Town in South Africa,
The match will be between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the foundation of Federer.
The tickets were sold in minutes and they expect to break Tennis’s most attendance match by 50,000 fans.
Last year, Federer and Zverev broke the record with 43,000 fans in Mexico and in February
He will do it with Nadal.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer’s mother is happy about the match and to play in her country,
read, Roger Federer’s Mother talks about the next Match of Africa in Cape Town
She revealed a secret of her son and it might be one of the reasons of why He’s still playing Tennis.
“What amazes me most is the fire and zeal with which he is involved,”
“He still jokes in the dressing room with his opponents, playing a trick or two on them.“
“Somehow he is still there with almost childlike joy. That’s a good sign.”
Roger Federer will be playing an exhibition match on the 15th of January in Australia
to donate and help the bushfire victims, Rafael Nadal will join the match and many more stars as well.
Moreover, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic donated $50,000 as She challenged him on Twitter.
Novak Djokovic father attack Roger Federer ‘he can go home’
This time, Novak Djokovic Father mentioned that Roger Federer doesnt’ want to retire
just because He can not accept that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be better than him.
“Why is this happening with Federer, who is still the most successful and best tennis player in the world?”
“That is a fact according to the results, which will not be for a long time. Because he cultivates so much animosity towards Novak.
Moreover, Srdan suggested that Roger Federer can go home and to more interesting things.
“They have developed a kind of respect over the years, but why do you think he still plays at 40?”
“Imagine that, a 40-year-old man still plays tennis, when he can go home and do some more interesting things.”
“But since both Nadal and Novak are breathing down his neck, he simply cannot accept the fact that they will be better than him.
“Go, man, raise children, do something else, go ski, do something. Tennis is not your whole life,”
“It is just my son’s current hobby. He is only a tennis player at the moment.”
Read, Roger Federer refuses to play in Saudi Arabia for one reason
Novak Djokovic father attack Roger Federer he can go home
Back to Monte Carlo 2008 where Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer met in the S-Finals,
Roger Federer told Djokovic team to Be quite after they were talking about a long ball.
and not for so long, Novak Djokovic Father besides his wife started saying tough comments about Roger Federer.
And from the other side, Roger Federer never replied to the Serbian Couples to let their comments only in the media.
Nick Kyrgios tells Novak Djokovic’s father not to ‘push the blame’ onto Grigor Dimitrov
The fallout from the Adria Tour continues with Nick Kyrgios hitting back at Novak Djokovic’s father for trying to “push the blame” onto Grigor Dimitrov following a string of positive coronavirus tests.
The controversial tournament, the brainchild of 17-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic, took place in Serbia and Croatia despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Players and fans did not wear facemasks during events and did not adhere to social distance rules with Djokovic insisting that they were following guidelines set out by the Serbia government.
The first big bombshell dropped on Sunday evening when world No 19 Dimitrov confirmed he returned a positive coronavirus test after returning home to Monaco, and Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also tested positive, but the latter two were still in Croatia.
World No 1 Djokovic added his name to the list when he announced on Tuesday that both he and his wife Jelena tested positive for Covid-19 after they flew back to Serbia.
Opinion: Reckless Novak Djokovic paying the ultimate price for his vanity project
His father, Srdjan, was unimpressed by Dimitrov and blamed the Bulgarian.
“Why did it happen? Because that man probably came sick, who knows from where,” Djokovic Sr. said of Dimitrov on RTL Croatia TV.
“He didn’t test here, he tested somewhere else … I think that’s not fair.
“He inflicted damage to both Croatia and to us as a family in Serbia.
“Nobody is feeling well because of this situation.”
Kyrgios, who has been very outspoken about the Adria Tour, hit back at Srdjan in an Instagram Story as he wrote ” don’t push the blame”.