Tennis: Naomi Osaka does not start at Wimbledon, but at the Olympics

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Tennis player Naomi Osaka will also not compete in Wimbledon after her exit from the French Open. “She takes a break to spend time with her friends and family,” her agent told AFP news agency. Osaka, however, will be ready for the Olympics. She is looking forward to playing in front of the home fans.

This was preceded by a dispute over a media boycott of Osaka, which she announced shortly before the start of the French Open in order to draw attention to the mental health of athletes. Tournament officials in Paris fined Osaka $ 15,000 after the 23-year-old Japanese player failed to show up for the mandatory press conference following her first-round victory. In addition, the tournament organizer threatened exclusion if she did not fulfill her media obligations.

As a consequence, Osaka did not compete in her second-round match and openly talked about her mental state. The two-time US Open winner received many positive responses from active and former players.

Osaka had recently withdrawn her participation in the currently running grass tournament in Berlin.

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