Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal withdraw from Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka has decided to pull out of the Wimbledon 2021 but she will take part in Olympic Games in Japan, the tennis player's agent confirmed on Thursday.

The Wimbledon will be played between June 28 to July 11.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka had withdrawn from the French Open 2021 last month following her first round victory after organisers fined her $15,000 and threatened her with suspension from the Roland Garros when she refused to attend the mandatory post-match press conferences.

Osaka is the second big-ticket player to skip The Championships after Rafael Nadal, who announced his decision to pull out in a bid to focus on taking care of his body and prolonging his career.

Nadal in fact, won't be taking part in next month's Tokyo Olympics as well.

20-time Grand Slam winner Nadal, who was beaten by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semifinals, said the short gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, starting June 28, doesn't allow him enough time to recover.

Nadal maintained that Olympic Games will always be special to him and that he had the honour of representing Spain in 3 Olympics.