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Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Wimbledon

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Naomi Osaka, whose 4 Grand Slam wins got here on hard courts, won’t play at Wimbledon later this month, she announced in a social media post on Saturday.

Her message shared photos of her rehabbing and receiving acupuncture treatment on her left Achilles’ tendon, an injury which plagued her through a first-round ouster on the French Open last month.

“Trying to search out the positives in a negative situation so all love. But there goes my grass dreams,” Osaka said.

Osaka, who has won each hard court Grand Slams — the Australian and U.S. Opens — twice, has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon. She last played the event in 2019, losing in the primary round in a yr that saw her change coaches after rising to her first No. 1 rating.

After her exit at Roland Garros last month, Osaka told reporters that she was leaning toward not playing at Wimbledon after the WTA Tour stripped the Grand Slam event of rating points in response to Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players.

“I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition,” Osaka said. “I do know this isn’t true, right? But my brain identical to feels that way. Every time I feel something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it one hundred pc.”

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