“Taking Some Personal Time”: Naomi Osaka Joins Rafael Nadal, Pulls Out From Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/17/2021, 2:47 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks to media following her Women’s Singles third round defeat to Coco Gauff of the United States of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


The discussion of player’s mental health has never been discussed publicly on tennis till Naomi Osaka announced her decision to skip the French Open post-match press conferences. The decision sparked a huge debate around pressers and the pressure they build on players.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a backhand in her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece during day two of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 07, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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While a lot of top and experienced players expressed that doing pressers is a part of their job and it’s the journalists who were responsible for their stardom over the years.

Naomi Osaka decided to skip Wimbledon Championships to spend time with friends and family

Although the issue got subsided after the French Federation spoke to Osaka regarding what can be done to make pressers easy for players, the Japanese player has recently announced her decision to skip Wimbledon Championships as well.

Just before her withdrawal decision, the organizers at SW19 have contacted Osaka regarding the media arrangement for her matches. They have not only reached out to Naomi but to other players as well.

It appears that the whole French Open fiasco seemed to have an impact on other grand slam events as they are in touch with players and their teams regarding the post-match press conferences.

However, the former world number one is confirmed for the Olympics. It appears that Osaka is spending this time with friends and family and will play on-court only when she feels right.

Since the Summer Olympics will be played in Tokyo, Osaka will be getting a lot of home support from her huge fan base in Japan. Just like the French Open, Wimbledon is also witnessing a lot of player withdrawals.

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Earlier today, Rafael Nadal announced his decision to withdraw from Wimbledon as well as the Olympics. Even though Osaka didn’t mention her exact reason to skip Wimbledon, her past record at the tournament might not have given her enough confidence to constrict herself to the bio-bubble.

Every tennis fan is expecting a complete performance from Osaka once she feels it right to be back on a tennis court. A right time for the Japanese player would be to plan her comeback in the hard-court swing post-Wimbledon.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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