The three-time major champion has declared that she would not travel to Paris.
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play the French Open this year. My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay,” Osaka wrote. “These two tournaments came too close together for me this time. I wish the organizers and players all the best.”
Ahead of her title run in New York, Osaka previously pulled out ahead of the Western & Southern Open final, also staged at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, due to her left hamstring. She would go on to lift her third major trophy, defeating the woman she was due to play in the “Cincinnati in New York” championship clash, Victoria Azarenka, to get back inside the Top 3 of the WTA rankings.
In 2019, Osaka made her debut as a No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam event in the French capital. She rallied for three-set wins over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and Azarenka, before falling in the third round to Katerina Siniakova.
French Open 2020 : Fans entry to the stadium reduced to 5000
The number of fans allowed to attend each day of the French Open has been cut to 5,000 because of surging coronavirus figures in the country.
Last week, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said it planned to allow 11,500.
“The evolving hygiene situation in the Paris area has prompted the Paris police department to limit the number of spectators who may enter Roland Garros,” said the FFT on Thursday.
The Grand Slam is set to start on 27 September at Roland Garros in Paris.
France recorded 10,593 cases on Thursday – the highest daily number since the pandemic began.
“The FFT will therefore assume the responsibility of organising the tournament with a new layout,” said the organisers.
“It is important for the sporting, social and economic life of the country that a major event like Roland Garros can be put on while respecting health imperatives.”