Naomi Osaka to play in French Open after all, only because it’s the best thing for her

When it was learned that Naomi Osaka won’t be playing in the French Open this year, the decision appeared to be prompted by a combination of injuries and a concern over the young Japanese…

Naomi Osaka to play in French Open after all, only because it’s the best thing for her

When it was learned that Naomi Osaka won’t be playing in the French Open this year, the decision appeared to be prompted by a combination of injuries and a concern over the young Japanese player’s finances. Women’s tennis is not particularly profitable on the WTA, which is unlikely to cover the huge expenses of a Grand Slam without the full-court and family courtship that the French Open is known for. But a more likely reason, and one that stems from Osaka’s personal life, is that Osaka is feeling herself unsure of what to do with her professional career.

In an interview with TMZ, Osaka acknowledged that she was struggling with a crowded schedule and that her lukewarm ATP Tour ranking made it unlikely she would reach the second week of Roland Garros anytime soon. But, she said, “The experience of being French Open champion is something I want to have for the rest of my life.” She went on to acknowledge that there were moments when “I’ve done wrong” but that “if I waited to finish my [WTA] career until I’m ready, I’ll probably never win one.”

Ohioux’s statement appears to indicate that she won’t be returning to the French Open in 2021. “I can’t predict the future, but I want to be ready to play,” she told TMZ.

Read the full story at TMZ.

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