“Unfortunately, I will not be able to play in the French Open this year,” Osaka said in posts on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday. “My hamstrings are still inflamed, so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these 2 tournaments this time came too close to each other for me.”
The 22-year-old Osaka had wrapped her left hamstring during the US Open. Earlier, she told reporters that she suffered an injury during the Western & Southern Open, which took place a week before the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center Billie Jean King in New York.
With the victory, Osaka, a former number 1 in the world, climbed six places to number 3 in the WTA rankings.
All six singles titles in Osaka’s career are on hard courts, including her victory at the US Open over the weekend. She also won the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019.
The opening round of the French Open begins on September 27, but the French Tennis Federation limits the number of fans who can attend to just 5,000 a day due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.