Jun 17, 2021 - Sports

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon, will play in Olympics

Naomi Osaka holding a tennis racket at a tennis match.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon, but will still compete at the Tokyo Olympics, her agent said Thursday, per AP.

Why it matters: Wimbledon is the third tournament Osaka, 23, has withdrawn from in recent weeks. In May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open after the first round for a mental health break. Osaka also pulled out of next week's Berlin WTA 5000 tournament, per ESPN.

What they're saying: Osaka “is taking some personal time with friends and family," Osaka's agent, Stuart Duguid, said, per AP.

  • "She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans," he added.

Zoom out: Rafael Nadal also announced on social media Thursday that will sit out Wimbledon, set to begin June 28, and the Tokyo Olympics to rest and recover.

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