Naomi Osaka, 23, has pulled out of the Berlin WTA 5000 tournament — a tune-up for Wimbledon. The latest comes weeks after with raw from the French Open to focus on her mental health.
The grass tournament starts on June 14, which is exactly two weeks before Wimbledon gets underway on June 28.
“We have received notification Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting her management, she will take a break,” Berlin event organizers said in a statement.
Prior to the French Open, Naomi Osaka announced no post-match press conferences in order to protect her mental well-being. She did just that after her first-round match win over Patricia Maria Tig, and she was fined $15,000 skipping a mandatory post-match press conference.
Following her decision to pull out of the French Open, Osaka released a statement explaining that she will be focusing on her mental health.
“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” Osaka said in the statement. “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.
“More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”