Paris: After withdrawing from the French Open 2021 tournament, world number two female tennis player Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Berlin WTA grass court tournament starting June 14.
The Japanese tennis player recently withdrew from the French Open due to her mental health. Osaka’s decision was greatly appreciated. The three-time Grand Slam winner, however, has not yet clarified whether she will return to the court. Wimbledon is to begin on June 28 and then the Tokyo Olympics will be followed.
Tournament organisers said on Monday that Naomi, who had withdrawn exactly a week ago from Roland Garros, had informed them that she would not start in the Berlin tournament.
Naomi had defeated Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig on May 30, but did not turn up to face the media. This prompted the organisers to fine her $15,000 and be warned that she faced expulsion from Grand Slam tournaments if she continued to do so.
Earlier on May 31, she posted a statement on Twitter, saying that she had “suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018” and that “it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences” because she gets “huge waves of anxiety before.”
The Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has gained support from Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams after withdrew from French Open tournament.
Osaka withdrew from the French Open last Monday as she was in controversy for not speaking to the media due to mental health. Osaka was also fined for not interacting with the media during the Roland Garros tournament. Which will now be paid for by CALM, which is an app designed to help people suffering from mental health problems.
She wrote in an Instagram story: “Just want to say thank you for all the love. Haven’t been on my phone much but I wanted to hop on here and tell you all that I really appreciate it.”