Naomi Osaka has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Italian Open due to an Achilles injury.
The four-time grand slam champion sustained the issue at the Madrid Open and struggled during a second-round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo.
"Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet."
Rest up and get well soon, @naomiosaka ?#IBI22
— wta (@WTA) May 9, 2022
"Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet," Osaka said in a statement.
"It’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful, especially in advance of Roland Garros."
It's a further setup back for the former World-number-one and one that can hopefully be managed with ease.
Osaka has recently been speaking about how daily meditation is aiding with all aspects of her life.
Naomi Osaka used to struggle with meditation. Now she practices every day and narrates her own guided meditation for beginners. https://t.co/AqcwkwbxEf
— Mashable (@mashable) May 10, 2022
Fans will be eager to learn of how her rest period will aid in the rate of her recovery for the French Open.