US Open champion Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open

Newly-crowned US Open champion Naomi Osaka has been forced to withdraw from the French Open as she continues to monitor a hamstring injury.

Osaka came through seven opponents across a fortnight in New York despite having her hamstring heavily strapped from the tournament’s beginning, beating Victoria Azarenka in Saturday’s final.

However, with the French Open little more than a week away, she has not had time to rest and make the adjustments required for the quick transition from hard to clay courts and has decided to sit out of Roland Garros.

‘Unfortunately I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,’ she posted in a statement on social media.

‘My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these 2 tournaments came too close to each other for me this time. I wish the organisers and players all the best.’

While establishing herself as one of the best hard-court players in the world, winning two US Opens and the Australian Open, Osaka has yet to go beyond the third round in Paris.

She is yet to confirm when she will next compete but promised fans it would be ‘sooner’ rather than ‘later’.

Osaka is not the only high-profile absentee from the clay-court Grand Slam.

World No. 1 Ash Barty has decided against defending her title.

The Aussie was a surprise winner at Roland Garros a year ago but has decided to stay in Australia until the start of the 2021 season.

Her compatriot Nick Kyrgios has made a similar decision, while Roger Federer is also out after undergoing a second round of knee surgery.

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