Story at a glance

  • Naomi Osaka has officially withdrawn from an upcoming grass court tournament a week after she withdrew from the French Open amid mental health concerns.
  • Tournament organizers said they “received notification” from the tennis star that she “cannot start in Berlin.”
  • Osaka addressed her fans on social media last weekend for the first time after withdrawing from the French Open and expressed gratitude for the support she said she has received.

Naomi Osaka has officially pulled out of a second tournament a week after she withdrew from the French Open over mental health concerns.

Tournament organizers said they “received notification” from the tennis star that she “cannot start in Berlin,” adding that “after consulting her management,” Osaka “will take a break,” The Guardian reported

The bett1 Open, which is slated to begin next week, is followed by the Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon on June 28. Osaka has yet to declare whether she will participate in the famous grass court tournament or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which begin nearly a month after Wimbledon. 

Osaka addressed her fans on social media last weekend for the first time after withdrawing from the French Open and expressed gratitude for the support she said she has received. 

“Just want to thank you for all the love,” Osaka wrote on Instagram. “Haven’t been on my phone much but I wanted to hop on here and tell you all that I really appreciate it.”


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Osaka withdrew from the French Open following criticism and fines for declining to speak with the media after her first-round victory. The No. 2 world ranked player was fined $15,000 for her media absence. 

“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” Osaka posted on Twitter announcing her French Open withdrawal.

“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” she added.


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Published on Jun 08, 2021