A few weeks later Coming out of the French Open to focus on his mental health, Naomi Osaka has retired from the WTA 5000 Championships in Berlin – an adjustment for Wimbledon. The grass tournament will start on June 14, which is two weeks before Wimbledon starts on June 28.
“We have received a notification that Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting with her management, she will take a break,” organizers of the Berlin events said in a statement.
So far, Osaka, 23, will take part in Wimbledon.
After deciding to leave the French Open, Osaka released a statement explaining that it will focus on mental health.
“Now for the tournament, I think the best thing for the other players and my well-being is to retire so that everyone can focus on the tennis they are doing in Paris,” Osaka said in the statement. “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my time was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.
“More importantly, I would never neglect mental health or use the term lightly. I’ve actually suffered from long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I’ve had a very hard time dealing with it.”
Prior to the French Open, Osaka announced that it would skip post-match press conferences to protect its mental well-being. After winning the first round match against Patricia Maria Tig, she did so and was fined $ 15,000 for not participating in the mandatory post-match press conference. This led to his departure from the event.