Naomi Osaka to miss Wimbledon but plans Olympics return

to miss Wimbledon but plans Olympics return
Osaka has twice reached the third round at the All England Club. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon this year but the Japanese is planning to return in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

She will spend time with friends and family having also withdrawn from the French Open in May.

At the time, Osaka said she would be taking a break from tennis after experiencing depression and anxiety.

The 23-year-old star says she is “excited to play in front of her home fans” in Tokyo.

The world number two was fined $15,000 (£10,570) for not taking part in a news conference following her first round match at Roland Garros.

Grand Slam organisers said Osaka could face expulsion from the tournament should she refuse to take part in media duties.

But she withdrew from the tournament the following day, saying she needed to “protect her mental health”.

Naomi Osaka said at that time: “When the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”

Sally Bolton, Wimbledon’s chief executive, had earlier revealed the All England Club (AELTC) had been in contact with Osaka’s team and was actively looking at ways to improve its media operations.

While talking with BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, she said: “We have started a consultation. Of course, that consultation needs to include not just the players, but the media and all of those engaged in that space.”

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