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Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon but Will Play in Tokyo Olympics

  • June 17, 2021

Sally Bolton, Wimbledon’s chief executive, told the BBC on Thursday that Wimbledon officials had communicated with Osaka’s team in “the last few weeks” and that the tournament was reviewing its media policies in consultation with “not just the players, but the media and all those engaged in that space.”

As in Paris and most other tournaments in recent months, news conferences and one-on-one interviews will be virtual during Wimbledon because of pandemic restrictions.

Osaka, 23, has won four Grand Slam singles titles, all on hardcourts. She has had limited success at Wimbledon, reaching the third round in 2017 and 2018 and losing in the first round in 2019. The tournament was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus.

Osaka’s career grass-court record in singles is 11-9, a significant contrast with her career hardcourt record of 119-51.

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