Tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon. The No. 2 ranked women's tennis player in the world will be "taking some personal time with friends and family," according to a statement by her reps given to Sports Center Thursday.
Osaka "will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans," the statement added.
"Naomi Osaka will be greatly missed by all of us at Wimbledon this year, but we completely understand her decision," Wimbledon told CNET in an emailed statement. "We wish her a happy time with her friends and family and look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year."
The withdrawal followsin May after facing a $15,000 fine from tournament organizers for declining to take part in media interviews. Osaka had cited mental health reasons for not wanting to meet with the press during the tennis tournament.
"I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris," Osaka, 23, wrote in a statement describing her struggles with depression. "I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018."
Wimbledon is slated to take place from June 28 until July 11. Tournament organizers didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.