Tennis: Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon due to Achilles’ injury

Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during her second round match against Spain's Sara Soribes Tormo Reuters / Suzana Vera

Naomi Osaka of Japan (REUTERS / File photo))

Former world number one Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to an injury to left Achilles, the four-time Grand Slam champion said on Saturday.

Osaka of Japan suffered an injury in Madrid, which forced him to miss the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome, leading to the French Open where he lost in the first round.

Last week he posted a video on social media, saying: “Here I am running on an underwater treadmill because my Achilles still has to be stubborn (sic) my age or something.”

He added on Saturday: “My Achilles is still not well so I’ll see you next time.”

Osaka said after his defeat at Roland Garros that he was not 100% sure whether he would play on the grass this season.

The men’s ATP and women’s WTA grasscourt snatched the ranking points from the Grand Slam after the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) decided to ban the participation of Russian and Belarusian players after Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.

Osaka argued that a major game without the possibility of scoring points would not help his ranking and that the decision of the authorities had diminished his motivation to play.

Osaka, ranked 43rd, also withdrew from Wimbledon last year after taking time off for “personal reasons” – a month after leaving the French Open due to mental health problems.

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