BREAKING: Naomi Osaka Announces Unfortunate News Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2022

Published 06/18/2022, 8:39 AM EDT

Former world no.1, Naomi Osaka has been struggling with her form throughout this season. While playing at the Madrid Open, the Japanese player suffered an Achilles injury, which forced her to withdraw from the Italian Open. Then, she took part in the French Open and lost in the very first round to the American tennis player, Amanda Anisimova.

After an awful clay-court season, Osaka was hoping to make a strong comeback on the green surface. However, it seems like the Achilles injury is still causing her some pain, as she announced devastating news for the grass-court season and Wimbledon.

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Naomi Osaka to miss the Wimbledon 2022

According to various reports, Osaka will not play the Wimbledon, as she is currently going through the rehab process to heal from her Achilles injury.

Later, Osaka also made a statement on social media, both on Twitter and Instagram, about the bad news. Her statement says, “This is a saying that I’m actively trying to master. I feel like life keeps dealing cards and you’re never gonna be used to them but it’s how you adapt to uncomfortable situations that really says stuff about your character. I’ve been repeating mantras a lot in my head recently. I don’t know if it’s to subconsciously help myself through stressful times or to ease my mind into realizing that everything will work out fine as long as I put in the work. Cause what more can you do? Everyday before I go to sleep think of all the people I love and how grateful I am to have them in my life, I honestly just wish the best for them and I hope that my existence brings them as much joy as they do to me.”

Previously, Osaka posted a video on her Twitter, where she was training underwater, trying to recover. Many fans thought Osaka will try her best to get fit for the Wimbledon this year. In her Tweet she wrote, Here’s me running on a underwater treadmill because my Achilles is being stubborn still… I must be aging or something.

Earlier, the Japanese player expressed her disinterest to play in the Wimbledon, as the ATP and WTA removed all the ranking points from the Grand Slam event. Now, it seemed like she can’t participate in the tournament due to her injury. Notably, she has not played Wimbledon last year as well.

Osaka has not been the same since last year’s French Open

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Since withdrawing from last year’s French Open, Osaka has not been her former self. Before that, she won the Australian Open to start her 2021 season pretty well. However, after taking a mental break from tennis she missed the Wimbledon. Although she came back for the Olympics and the US Open, she did not have a great time in both tournaments. 

Mar 29, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) waves to the crowd after her match against Danielle Collins (USA)(not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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This year, she has been suffering from various kinds of injury problems. Before the Australian Open, she missed a few games due to fatigue. Then, she suffered an Achilles injury, which still could be a season-ending injury for her. Now, after withdrawing from the Wimbledon, Osaka will shift her focus toward the US Open, one of her favorite Grand Slam events. It is worth mentioning that she won this tournament two times already in her career. Now it’s a question of whether she gets physically fit before the US Open.  

Can Osaka come back strong at the US Open? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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