Osaka pulls out of French Open with hamstring injury

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Prior to that, Osaka had to withdraw from the Western and Southern Open final with a pulled hamstring, letting Azarenka to win.

"Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year", the 22-year-old tweeted in a statement. "My hamstring is still sore".

NAOMI OSAKA, US Open champion, on why she pulled out of the forthcoming French Open. The win culminated a dominant three-week stretch for Osaka; during the two-tournament bubble, she won 11 consecutive matches.

King, 76, who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality in tennis, said: "Naomi is really special and I really think she will be an unbelievable leader through the years because she cares".

Meanwhile, Osaka received praise from Billie Jean King following her activism during the US Open. The US Open, normally the final Grand Slam in a season, was just the second major to be played in 2020 after the Australian Open in January.

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The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced that the Grand Slam will only allow 5,000 spectators per day to the stadiums to watch matches due to the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Japan's Osaka made the announcement just days after lifting her third major title behind closed doors at the US Open in NY, the first Grand Slam tournament possible since the pandemic. With strict state border closures imposed in Australia, the 24-year-old lamented that she was denied to train with her coach; hence, she felt it's best to pull out as she deemed herself unfit to compete.

The top women's seeds at the French Open are expected to be Romanian Simona Halep and Czech Karolina Pliskova. Victoria Azarenka also advanced after her opponent, Daria Kasatkina, retired.

The WTA event in Linz, slotted for the week prior to Moscow, will also not be played as scheduled.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had to endure a tiebreak before winning 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

Roger Federer had knee surgery in June, eliminating him from both the US Open and French Open.

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