Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the Berlin tournament confirmed… cast doubt on Wimbledon’s performance
German Open confirms Naomi Osaka will not compete next week following the 23-year-old’s withdrawal from the French Open due to mental health issues…with Wimbledon just three weeks away
- The tournament organizers wished Naomi Osaka the best for the rest of 2021
- The German Open starts on June 14 – just two weeks before Wimbledon
- Osaka withdrew from the French Open last week due to mental health issues
- Her decision came after she chose not to speak to the media in Paris
- The 23-year-old’s attitude led to her being fined after her first round win overwinning
- Osaka was praised by Novak Djokovic for speaking about her mental health
Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming German Open, which kicks off just two weeks before the start of Wimbledon.
The world No. 2 and four-time Grand Slam winner dropped out of the French Open in the second round stage last week due to mental health issues who chose not to speak to the press during the tournament.
Her latest decision not to participate in the Berlin tournament, which starts on Monday 14 June, casts doubt on her participation in the All England Club.
Naomi Osaka will not appear at a grass court event in Berlin just two weeks before Wimbledon
The 23-year-old withdrew from the French Open after choosing not to speak to the world’s media
She was fined £10,800 before withdrawing from the Paris tournament in the second round
In a statement, the organizers of the event in the German capital said: “Unfortunately, we have also been informed that Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin.
‘After consulting with her management, she takes a break. We wish her all the best for the rest of the season and hope to see her next year.”
After her decision to pull out of Roland Garros, Osaka revealed she has suffered from depression since her first major title win in 2018 at the US Open and received credit for speaking out about her warring world Novak Djokovic.
Osaka later revealed she has suffered from depression since her first major win in 2018
Osaka’s candor about her mental health was praised by co-star Novak Djokovic
Osaka’s media boycott lineup at the Paris Grand Slam drew strong backlash from the tournament’s organizers, who fined the 23-year-old £10,800 for failing to appear for her post-match interview following the win over Patricia Maria Tig, although app Calm has promised to reimburse the fine she has incurred.
Since then, however, both the global governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have pledged to review the impact of the press on players’ mental health, although Wimbledon has said such changes take time and money. It appears that no changes are planned to the standard practice of players being interviewed after matches, win or lose.
Wimbledon is the Grand Slam where Osaka has arguably struggled the most, with her best performances at SW19 being third round runs in 2017 and 2018.