French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin WTA grass-court tournament, question mark over Wimbledon

French Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin WTA grass-court tournament
French Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin WTA grass-court tournament

French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin WTA grass-court tournament, question mark over Wimbledon – Naomi Osaka, who exited French Open 2021 last week, has now pulled out of the next week’s Berlin’s WTA grass court event, Organisers told AFP. She did not confirm when she will start play, casting a doubt on Wimbledon participation which is slated to kick off on June 28.

“We have received notification that Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting her management, she will take a break,” said a spokesman for the Berlin tournament, which starts June 14.

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The 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam winner has been in the spotlight since withdrawing from Roland Garros after a dispute over her refusal to attend press conferences.

As a result, French tennis officials fined Osaka $15,000 and threatened to axe her from the tournament for not honouring mandatory media commitments, prompting the Japanese star to withdraw.

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On Saturday, Naomi Osaka, who revealed her ongoing battle with depression and anxiety which she said having to face the media exacerbated, thanked her supporters in a brief message on Instagram.

However, her decision to withdraw from the Berlin grass-court event also indicates that she would be absent from Wimbledon. The Berlin event is a warm-up event to Wimbledon which will begin on June 28.

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French Open 2021: Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli said there are question marks over Naomi Osaka’s participation in Wimbledon.

“We haven’t heard from her, we don’t know where she is. But the players are supporting her and the WTA are trying to find a solution with the ITF so that she can be comfortable the next time she faces a press conference. But maybe they are trying to find a way to narrow down to maybe three or four questions for Naomi’s press conferences,” she added.
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