Freshly crowned US Open champion Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open with a sore hamstring on Thursday, in a fresh blow to the coronavirus-hit Grand Slam which is already missing world number one Ashleigh Barty.
Japans Osaka made the announcement just days after lifting her third major title behind closed doors at the US Open in New York, the first Grand Slam tournament possible since the pandemic.
“Unfortunately, I wont be able to play the French Open this year,” Osaka said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. “My hamstring is still sore so I wont have enough time to prepare for the clay — these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this year.”
The French Open is due to start on September 27 at Roland Garros, rescheduled from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The withdrawal of third-ranked Osaka means Roland Garros will be missing two of the worlds top three after reigning champion Barty said earlier this month that she wouldnt return to defend her title.