Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka won't be participating at Wimbledon this year as she is taking time with friends and family. Osaka, ranked at No. 2 in the world, pulled out of the French Open after winning her first round match.
Osaka revealed she has been battling depression and anxiety since the 2018 US Open. "Naomi won't be playing Wimbledon this year," the statement read. "She is taking some personal time with friends and family.
She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans."
Osaka didn't wan't to be a distraction
Osaka refused to do a press conferece after her first round win at the French Open.
“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris," Osaka said in Paris. "I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.
"More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly. "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that."
ATP star Gael Monfils showed his support for Osaka. "It's a tough situation for Osaka. I feel for her. I was struggling myself also. It's very tough. She's a real champion so champions are sometimes dealing with things bigger than us, the good players.
She's young. She can't maybe manage all the pressure," Monfils said. "Naomi is still a human being. What's happening is very sad. It's tough to say if she was right or wrong. She was in-between. I'm just waiting.
I'm curious about what they're gonna change. I wish her quick recovery. We need her to be 100% and back happy."