Why Naomi Osaka is not playing at Wimbledon 2022?

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The former US Open and Australian Open champion is a notable absentee from the All England Club this year.

Naomi Osaka will not compete in women’s singles or women’s doubles at Wimbledon this year.

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Osaka, 24, withdrew from the French Open and Wimbledon 2021 due to mental health issues and also declined to take part in media duties.

Here’s everything you need to know about why the Japanese star isn’t participating in the tournament this year:

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Naomi Osaka is out of Wimbledon due to injury

Osaka is suffering from an injury to her Achilles tendon which has forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon 2022.

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The four-time Grand Slam champion first struggled with the problem at the Australian Open earlier this year when she was eliminated in the third round.

She was then knocked out in the first round at the French Open in May and the injury has not sufficiently subsided to allow her to compete at the All England Club.

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Osaka had been keeping her fans updated via her official Twitter account but had to break the news earlier this month that she was unable to attend.

She wrote: “My Achilles is still not okay so see you next time.”

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This was accompanied by a message that said: “After the storm comes calm. This is a saying I am actively trying to master. I feel like life keeps dealing cards and you’ll never get used to it, but it’s about how you adapt to uncomfortable situations that really says something about your character. I’ve been repeating mantras in my head a lot lately. I don’t know if it’s about subconsciously helping me through stressful times, or quieting my mind and realizing that as long as I put the work into it, everything will work out fine. Because what more can you do?”

Less than two weeks earlier, she had posted a video on her account trying to redeem herself in time.

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She wrote: “Here I am running on an underwater treadmill because my Achilles is still stubborn. I must be getting older or something.”

Wimbledon 2022 Women’s Singles Odds

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The 2019 and 2021 Australian Open winner and 2018 and 2020 US Open winner would no doubt have been seen as strong contenders to impress at the All England Club this year.

However, her current world rankings of 43 and previous performances at Wimbledon suggest she may not have been included among the favourites, having only reached the third round in 2017 and 2018.

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World number one and French Open winner Iga Swiatek is the pre-tournament favorite to win the women’s singles this year.

Ons Jabeur is the second favorite at 6/1 and Petra Kvitova is the third favorite at 10/1 while Cori Gauff is close behind in the current market at 11/1.

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Seven-time champion Serena Williams can be assisted at 20/1, while 2019 winner Simona Halep will start the tournament at 17/1 and Britain’s Emma Raducanu will start the tournament as an underdog at 40/1.

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