Osaka out of French Open due to hamstring injury

Naomi Osaka joins a growing list of stars skipping the French Open. More

Naomi Osaka joins a growing list of stars skipping the French Open. More

It was rescheduled from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Osaka, who had her hamstring taped throughout the U.S. Open, earned her third major title in NY after a three-set comeback win over Victoria Azarenka. It was her second victory at Flushing Meadows, after capturing the trophy for the first time in 2018.

The recent Grand Slam feat has placed Osaka back to No. 3 in the WTA world rankings - a significant climb of six places from her previous spot. She revealed that a hamstring injury was still bothering her.

"Don't forget Serena [Williams] and Venus also spoke out and continue to speak out for women of colour and Venus fought for equal prize money", she said.

Despite her young age (she is only 22), Osaka is already a two-time victor of the US Open.

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Osaka would go on to recognize seven different Black Americans - one for each of the seven rounds of the tournament - bringing the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and equal justice to her sport's broad worldwide fan base.

The French Open will be heldfrom Sept 27-Oct 11 after being moved from its normal late May-June slot due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament said the new requirements were imposed by the Paris police department, in line with national regulations that put a 5,000 person limit on gatherings.

Ashleigh Barty (left) will not return to defend her French Open title later this month. With strict state border closures imposed in Australia, the 24-year-old lamented that she was denied to train with her coach; hence, she felt it's best to pull out as she deemed herself unfit to compete. Last week, she defeated Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka. Osaka pocketed $3 million for the victory, another big haul for the player who in May was reported by Forbes to be the highest paid female athlete in the world, the magazine calculating her earnings over the prior 12 months at $37.4 million (34.3 million euros).

The top seed is warming up on clay in Rome for the French Open, a tournament he claimed in 2016.

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