US Open Champion Naomi Osaka to Skip 2020 French Open

Naomi Osaka at THE 2018 US Open. Photo by Juergen Hasenkopf/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9870975dn)

The reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka won’t be chasing more Grand Slam glory this year. Osaka issued a statement on social media on Thursday announcing that she won’t play at 2020 French Open.

According to Osaka, she is dealing with hamstring issues and believes that she won’t have enough time to recover before the start of the tournament. French Open is set to start on September 21st, after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” Osaka wrote on Twitter. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay — these 2 tournaments came too close to each other for me this time. I wish the organizers and players all the best.”

Despite winning the Australian Open and lifting the US Open trophy twice, Naomi Osaka didn’t see much success at French Open. She played the tournament four times and reached the third round three times, which stands as her biggest success. Osaka was eliminated last year by Katerina Siniakova.

Osaka isn’t the only high-profile tennis player to miss the tournament this year. Defending French Open champ and No.1 ranked tennis player in the world Ashleigh Barty also decided not to take part, citing concerns over coronavirus pandemic.