Osaka cannot play Wimbledon due to point decision


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Four-time major winner Naomi Osaka is not sure if she will play at Wimbledon after she was stripped of her ranking points.

The ATP and WTA moves came in response to Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Osaka, the world’s No. 1, did not criticize the decision, but said gaining ranking points was a big motivator.

“The intentions of this measure were good, but the implementation is everywhere,” she said at a press conference.

Osaka were speaking after losing the first round to Amanda Anisimova at the French Open on Monday.

The Japanese athlete is ranked 38th in the world after taking a few breaks from sports last year to protect her mental health.

As a result, they missed Wimbledon, which never made it past the third round.

“I want to say that this decision is affecting my psyche,” Osaka said. “I’m not 100% sure I’ll go there.”

“I’m the type of player who just wants to go to gain experience on the grass court, but at the same time I’m motivated to see my rank go up.”

Players will receive ranking points at grass court events in England ahead of Wimbledon.

However, Wimbledon’s decision not to award points has received mixed reactions from players and experts, and Osaka is the star most famously suggesting that she may not play for the All England Club.

The Lawn Court Grand Slam starts on June 27th.

British men’s No. 1 Cameron Norry said he was “very disappointed” with the decision and feared the Grand Slam would become like an exhibition.

“I wish there were points there. It’s tough not being able to play in a home slam as a British and fight for ranking points,” said the world 11th.

But American player Sloane Stevens said it was the right move.

“My decision was definitely not taken lightly,” said the 2017 U.S. Open champion. “I think that’s all you can do when you’re cornered.”

So, I think it was a decision I made and I support it.”

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