U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has announced she’s skipping the next Grand Slam event, the French Open, because of a hamstring injury.
Osaka, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in three sets on Saturday for her second U.S. Open title, cited the impact of the quick turnaround as the reason for her withdrawal.
“My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay — these 2 tournaments came too close together for me this time,” she said Thursday in a social media post in both English and Japanese.
Osaka, 22, is currently No. 3 in the WTA world rankings.
The French Open will already be without its defending champion, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. The Australian said earlier this month she would not play at Roland Garros because the coronavirus pandemic had impacted her preparations.
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The French Open, originally scheduled to begin in May, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will instead run from September 27 to October 11.