Naomi Osaka out of pre-Wimbledon event in Berlin after French Open row


Osaka has pulled out of Berlin (Picture: Corbis via Getty)

Naomi Osaka has raised doubts over her involvement at Wimbledon after she pulled out of her only scheduled grass-court event in Berlin.

Osaka, the world No. 2 from Japan, was scheduled to feature at the German Open, which starts on June 14, but has decided against it.

With few options for tune-up events on the grass, it could prove to be a sign she won’t be featuring at the All England Club later this month.

Should she decide to want some match play before Wimbledon – should she play – it is possible she could request a wildcard for Eastbourne. It’s also possible she will compete at Wimbledon without a warm-up event.

However, it seems most likely at this stage that she won’t be involved at all, which would be a great shame for British fans.

Osaka pulled out of the French Open earlier this week after a row unfolded over a proposed media blackout.

Osaka withdrew from the French Open this week (Picture: Corbis via Getty)

After being threatened with expulsion from the tournament and future Grand Slams, she took the decision out of the authorities’ hands and withdrew ahead of her second-round match, citing mental health issues.

She said she would be taking time away from the tour as she looks to recuperate but it’s unclear how long her period of absence will last.

Stan Wawrinka, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, will also not be involved.

He has withdrawn from Stuttgart, Queen’s and the grass-court Grand Slam amid his ongoing recovery from foot surgery.

Andy Murray, meanwhile, is set to play at Queen’s and Wimbledon, although he has withdrawn from next week’s Nottingham Challenger event.

Murray skipped the French Open after suffering some discomfort when playing in Rome but has been training at the All England Club this pass week.

There were hopes he would compete in Nottingham to get some matches under his belt but he has decided to practise for a further week before competing at Queen’s.

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