Tennis legend Martina Navratilova thinks Wimbledon is still one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and she can't understand why big players such as Naomi Osaka are even contemplating to skip The Championships.
Last week, the WTA and ATP removed ranking points from 2022 Wimbledon. Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing at the tournament and the WTA and ATP responded by imposing a sanction on The Championships.
This week, four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka revealed she will likely skip Wimbledon because it is, no pun intended, pointless. During a conversation with Piers Morgan, Navratilova was asked if Osaka had her priorities wrong.
“It’s kind of nice if you can walk away from a potential £2m pay day. Most people don’t have the luxury," Navratilova told Piers Morgan. “I just don’t understand her mentality. I would like to sit down and tell her about the history of Wimbledon.
It would not have even occurred to Osaka not to play if the ranking points hadn’t been taken away”.
Tennis champ Martina Navratilova says she "doesn't understand the mentality" of Naomi Osaka saying she may not compete in Wimbledon.
"It's kind of nice if you can walk away from a potential £2m pay day.
Osaka may decide to skip Wimbledon
Osaka, a former top-ranked player, now sits at No.
38 in the world. Two months ago, Osaka was ranked around No. 80 in the world. After finishing runner-up in Miami, Osaka revealed her goal was to return to the top position. “I would say the decision is kind of affecting my mentality going into grass, like I’m not 100 percent sure if I’m going to go there,” Osaka said this week.
“I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but like at the same time, for me, it’s kind of like - I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended, but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by...
seeing my ranking go up”. Osaka didn't play at Wimbledon last year as she took a break to address her mental health following the French Open situation.