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Naomi Osaka will not play in the French Open



“Unfortunately, I will not be able to play in this year’s French Open,” Osaka said in his Twitter and Instagram posts on Thursday. “I still have a sore thigh, so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these 2 tournaments are too close for me this time.”

The 22-year-old Osaka was wrapped in her left hamstring during the US Open. Earlier, she told reporters that she was injured during the European and Southern Open, which took place a week before the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center Billy Jean King in New York.

Osaka withdrew from the finals of the European and Southern European Open, citing a hamstring injury, giving Victoria Azarenka victory by a detour. Osaka gathered to beat Azarenka 1
-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final on Saturday.

With the victory, Osaka, the former world number one, rose six places to No. 3 in the WTA rankings.

All six singles career titles in Osaka were on hard courts, including her victory at the US Open over the weekend. She also won the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019.

Apart from the absence of Osaka, the current world number one and the current Open French champion will be absent in the women’s singles. Earlier, Australian Ashley Barty said she would not travel to Europe to defend her title, citing the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the lack of readiness to play at Roland Garros.

The French Open opens on September 27, but the French Tennis Federation has limited the number of fans who can attend to only 5,000 a day due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.


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