Just days after winning her second US Open title, Naomi Osaka opted out of the upcoming French Open citing her left hamstring.
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” Osaka posted on social media. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these 2 tournaments came too close to each other for me this time.”
Osaka, who turns 23 next month, has never made the fourth round at Roland Garros and has only made one career WTA clay semifinal in her career.
Osaka is currently ranked No. 3, but with a strong result at the French, she could have put some heat on frontrunners Ash Barty and Simona Halep for an early first quarter 2021 run at No. 1. Since she is not playing, her third round result from last year will be used for her ranking.
With the WTA calendar losing so many fall events, it’s unknown when or if Osaka will return in 2020.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) September 18, 2020
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