Naomi Osaka had said at the US Open that she planned to take a break from the sport; the 23-year-old won her first WTA title at Indian Wells in 2018; Johanna Konta has also pulled out of the upcoming WTA events in Chicago and Indian Wells.
Naomi Osaka, who said at the US Open that she planned to take a break from tennis, has officially pulled out of next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The four-time Grand Slam champion fell in the third round of the year’s final major and afterwards told reporters she needed the break to concentrate on her mental health.
The 23-year-old Japanese player won her first WTA title at Indian Wells in 2018.
“We look forward to seeing you in 2022, Naomi,” the tournament said on Twitter.