Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open with hamstring harm

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring harm, she stated on Thursday. The 22-year-old had her left hamstring taped when she battled back in opposition to Victoria Azarenka within the U.S. Open concluding in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” the world no. three wrote on social media in a message she additionally posted in Japanese. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this time. I wish the organizers and players all the best.”

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The French Open will likely be held from September 27-October 11 after being moved from its normal late May-June slot because of the coronavirus pandemic. The hamstring problem had prompted Osaka to withdraw from the ultimate of the Western & Southern Open within the run-up to the U.S. Open nevertheless it didn’t seem to hamper her at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka made headlines in New York as a lot for her performances on court docket as for her dedication to social justice causes. For every of her U.S. Open matches she wore a special masks that carried the name of a Black American, aiming to focus on racial injustice within the United States to a wider viewers.

The withdrawal of Osaka, who has by no means superior previous the third round at Roland Garros, comes as one other blow to the event after world primary Ash Barty of Australia stated she wouldn’t be defending her title as a result of Covid-19 apprehension. On the boys’s facet, Roger Federer won’t compete as he continues to get well from knee surgical procedure.

Osaka’s absence would enhance Serena Williams’s possibilities of profitable a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title if the American chooses to play. The 38-year-old has pulled out of the Italian Open with an Achilles problem.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) stated on Thursday it might permit 5,000 spectators per day following a latest spike in Covid-19 cases within the nation. It had early on stated the claycourt main would allow a most of 11,500 followers per day.

[Attribution HT.]

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