Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Wimbledon but Plans to Play in Tokyo Olympics

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 22, 2020 Japan’s Naomi Osaka during the match against China’s Saisai Zheng REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is skipping this year’s Wimbledon but will return to the sport at the Tokyo Olympics later this summer, her agent said in a statement Thursday.

“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” her agent Stuart Duguid said. “She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”

Wimbledon’s organizer, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, said Osaka would be “greatly missed” and wished her the best at home and at this summer’s Olympics. The news follows Rafael Nadal’s decision to with from both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

Osaka, 23, is the No. 2 ranked player in the world. Last month, she withdrew from the French Open, revealing she struggled with anxiety and depression from media attention. The day before, she was fined $15,000 for failing to speak with reporters following her first-round victory over Patricia Maria Țig.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Zoe Christen Jones