Tennis Superstar Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Wimbledon
According to a report from NBC News, tennis champion Naomi Osaka announced that she would not participate in the Wimbledon Tournament.
The report cites a statement released by a representative of Osaka that explains her sudden withdrawal.
“She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans,” the statement said.
In recent days, Osaka has been the center of attention for her withdrawal from tournament play due to social anxiety from speaking with the media. In a tweet following her previous departure from the French Open, Osaka offered an apology not only to fans but also to journalists who have understood her mental health.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
In a social media post, Osaka said that she has suffered through long bouts of depression since the U.S. Open in 2018, where media criticism led to a barrage of negativity toward her. Athletes such as Olympian Gabby Douglas and Tennis Legend Serena Williams have supported her efforts to prioritize her mental health.
Osaka has said she will still be participating in the Olympics and will continue training for the games.