Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, has stated that she will not compete in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The Japanese actress has had a tough year, as she has battled mental health difficulties.
She stated that she would be taking a hiatus from tennis after her loss in the third round of the US Open.
Naomi Osaka withdraws from Indian Wells
Naomi Osaka has announced that she would take a hiatus after the US Open in 2021. The 2018 Indian Wells champion has taken an indefinite vacation from professional tennis, with no plans to return.
The Japanese tennis player was just pushed out of the top five in the WTA rankings. She is now ranked number eight in the world.
Osaka has always been a vocal champion for mental health issues, and she has struggled with it during the 2021 season. BNP Paribas Open tweeted a photo of Osaka with a wonderful caption. The event has been rescheduled and will now run from October 4th through October 17th.
In the first round of the US Open, Naomi easily defeated Marie Bouzkova. She was fortunate enough to get a walkover in the next round since Danilovic was injured.
Leylah Fernandez, a Canadian prodigy, defeated the previous world number one in the third round of the US Open. Despite being one set up, Osaka was unable to maintain her advantage and was defeated in three sets.
According to Eurosport, in a post-match interview, she said, “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while. How do I go around saying this? I feel like for me recently when I win I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal. I didn’t really want to cry.”
Hopefully, the Japanese tennis star is back to her old self on the court, and we will see her on the circuit as soon as possible.