Naomi Osaka will not play the French Open 2020

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Sep, 2020. 10:30 am
Naomi Osaka

The Japanese Tennis Icon Naomi Osaka who recently took the US Open 2020 title to her home, revealed that she won’t be playing French Open 2020.

According to the details, Naomi Osaka in her social media post announced that “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.”

The French  Open 2020, which is scheduled to be played from September 27; will allow a limited number of fans, unlike the US Open.

The tournament was initially scheduled for May 4-June 7 but was postponed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

While last week, the French Tennis Federation said it planned to allow 11,500 spectators, that number has been cut to 5,000 per day because of surging COVID-19 figures in the country.

Osaka has never made it past the third round of the French Open, having fallen in that stage in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka and won the US Open 2020 finals on September 12.

Naomi Osaka won the final by 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim her second US Open title and third Grand Slam of her professional career.

She is the first women’s player to tally three majors under the age of 23 since Maria Sharapova — who was the highest-paid female athlete for a decade — did it in 2008.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka is also the first woman since 1994 to overturn the first-set deficit en route to winning a US Open final.

The match did not start the way the 2018 champion would have wanted and went on to lose the opening set in 27 minutes.

In the second set, Victoria Azarenka had a 2-0 lead when Osaka broke her serve.

She then went on to take a 4-3 lead before breaking Azarenka’s serve twice in succession.

She wore seven masks with different names for each of her matches to honor Black victims of violence.

She said it motivated her — “I wanted more people to say more names” — and she walked on the court with a mask bearing the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Cleveland by a white police officer in 2014.

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