Naomi Osaka: Star thanks fans ‘for all the love’ in touching social media post

Naomi Osaka has spoken for the first time since her withdrawal from Roland Garros for mental health reasons.

The Japanese star withdrew from the tournament on Monday after his refusal to speak to the media sparked a backlash.

In a message posted to her fans on Twitter, the 23-year-old also revealed that she had “suffered from long periods of depression” dating back to the 2018 US Open and that she had “had a hard time getting there. to face “.

The world number two is one of many stars who have stepped down or retired from this year’s event. Simona Halep suffered a calf tear in preparation for the competition, Ashleigh Barty withdrew from her second round match against Magda Linette with a hip problem and Kvitová suffered an ankle injury during press duties.

Now, almost a week after his decision to leave the Grand Slam, Osaka posted a touching post on his Instagram Story.

“I just want to thank you for all the love,” she wrote. “I haven’t been on my phone much but wanted to jump in here and let you know I really appreciate this.”

The four-time major champion is currently taking time off the court and her return is still unknown at this point.

Wimbledon begins just two weeks after the end of Roland Garros, however, Osaka has yet to make it through the third round of her career, so she could choose not to participate in a second consecutive Slam.

We may see her return when the hard court season resumes. The two-time US Open champion is the defending champion at Flushing Meadows and will surely be keen to defend her title.

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