Recently crowned US Open champion, Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros in another blow for the organizers of the Paris tournament.
Osaka, who won their third Grand Slam title in New York last week, suffers from a hamstring injury and joins world No.1 Ash Barty in retiring from competition at Roland Garros.
The 22-year-old wore duct tape over her left hamstring as she came from a set to beat Victoria Azarenka in the final at Flushing Meadows this weekend, and said the turnaround between tournaments was too much tight for her to fully recover.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to compete in the French Open this year,” wrote the world No. 3 on social networks.
“My hamstrings still hurt so I won’t have time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments have come too close for me this time. I wish the organizers and the players good luck. “
Reigning Roland Garros champion Barty stepped down earlier this month citing concerns about the coronavirus and the lack of training time spent with her coach.
The French Open is scheduled to take place from September 27, despite a high number of reported Covid-19 cases in the country.
The pandemic had already forced the event to be delayed from its original location in the tennis calendar in May and June.