Naomi Osaka not sure on Wimbledon after rating factors choice

Naomi Osaka


Naomi Osaka did not play at Wimbledon in 2021
Dates: 22 May-5 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
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Four-time major winner Naomi Osaka is not sure she will play Wimbledon, saying that without ranking points it is “more like an exhibition”.

The ATP and WTA stripped the points after Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players over Russian’s invasion of Ukraine.

Osaka did not criticise the move but said earning points was a motivation.

“The intention of this measure was good, but the execution is all over the place,” she said.

“I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition. I know this isn’t true, right? But my brain just like feels that way. Whenever I think like something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100%.

“I didn’t even make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances.”