Naomi Osaka captured her third Grand Slam title at the US Open on September 12. She, however, pulled out of the upcoming French Open due to a hamstring injury on Thursday, 17th September.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” Osaka said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this year.”
On Sunday, Osaka beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open women’s final, adding a third major trophy after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open triumphs.
Osaka, 22, was the first woman to win the US Open singles final from a set down since 1994, and the victory moved her to third in the WTA rankings.
She also became the first Asian player to win three Grand Slams, overtaking China’s Li Na on two.
Osaka had gone into the US Open at Flushing Meadows with fitness concerns.
Osaka played her US Open matches with her left thigh heavily strapped, but showed no sign the injury hindered her.
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.
Ashleigh Barty, the defending women’s champion announced earlier this month that she would not defend her title because of feared health risks. Also, because she had not been able to train properly with her coach because of the state border closures in Australia.