Tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon but plans to return to the Tokyo Olympics, according to her agent Stuart Duguid.
“Naomi is not playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” Duguid said in a statement on Thursday.
“She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.” In May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the media at Roland Garros.
The four-time Grand Slam champion posted a statement on Twitter saying she was withdrawing so that “everyone can focus again on the tennis taking place in Paris”, adding that she would “take some time off the court”.
Osaka revealed that she had “had prolonged depression” since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018.
“Naomi Osaka will be greatly missed by all of us at Wimbledon this year, but we fully understand her decision,” said a statement from Wimbledon tournament organizer All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
“We wish her a great time with her friends and family and look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year.” It comes after Rafael Nadal also announced that he is withdrawing from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
In a statement posted to Nadal’s official Twitter page, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said: “It’s never an easy decision to make, but after listening to my body and discussing it with my team, I understand that this is the right decision.