Naomi Osaka had said at the US Open that she was planning to take a break from playing sports; In 2018, the 23-year-old won her first WTA title in Indian Wells; Johanna Konta has also withdrawn from the upcoming WTA events in Chicago and Indian Wells
Last updated: 9/27/21 6:11 AM
Naomi Osaka, who said she was planning to take a tennis break from the US Open, has officially retired from next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The four-time Grand Slam winner fell in the third round of the last major of the year and told reporters afterward that she needed the break to focus on her mental health.
Osaka has struggled on the pitch since retiring from the French Open in May amid an argument with tournament officials over required media appearances which they believe had a negative impact on them.
The 23-year-old Japanese won her first WTA title in Indian Wells in 2018.
“We look forward to seeing you in 2022, Naomi,” said the tournament on Twitter.
Konta withdraws from Chicago, Indian Wells
Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the upcoming WTA events in Chicago and Indian Wells.
The 30-year-old retired from the US Open with a hamstring injury hours before she was due to play her first-round match last month.
Konta also missed Wimbledon after a member of her team tested positive for Covid-19 at hosting the tournament while she retired from the Olympics after signing herself.
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