OSAKA Naomi looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 as she withdraws from Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during her Women's Singles third round match against Coco Gauff of the United States at the 2020 Australian Open (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during her Women's Singles third round match against Coco Gauff of the United States at the 2020 Australian Open (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

The world no. 2 says she's "excited to play in front of her home fans" at the Olympics

OSAKA Naomi, the second-ranked women's tennis player in the world, announced Thursday (17 June) that she will not play at the upcoming Wimbledon tournament. The grass grand slam is scheduled to begin 28 June at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club after a year's hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family," according to a statement from Osaka's team. "She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans."

Late last month, Osaka withdrew from the French Open before her second round match. Prior to playing in Paris, Osaka announced she would skip media obligations at the event.

"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 wrote in a post on Twitter. "I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and message could have been clearer."