Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from next month’s Stuttgart Open after admitting to being homesick and unsure of long stretches on the road.
Osaka, withdrew from WTA clay-court competition which is supposed to start in April in southwest Germany. The slam serves as a preparation to the French Open that is scheduled to begin on May 23.
Organizers confirmed that the World No 2 will start the European season later in May.
Osaka just won her first Grand Slam title of 2021 after beating USA’s Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final in January. However, she told newsmen in Miami that there wasn’t a need for her to travel so much and play in as many tournaments, Guardian news reported.
“Well for me, I’m not really sure what a normal schedule is but I’ve never thought of myself as the player that would play week-in and week-out,” “I personally get homesick quite often and it makes me kinda sad sometimes.”
“I would like to travel somewhere and focus on that tournament.”
The Japanese superstar stated that she will be more selective in the slams she chose to play in 2021.
“I’d love to just travel somewhere and just really focus on that tournament; for me that is something that I’ve learned works for me,”
“Hopefully it will work for me this time in Europe because my results there haven’t been that great, but I feel like every year I am on tour I learn more about myself and what type of schedule I like to play.”
Being closer to home will enable the 23 year old to spend more time with her loved ones and her boyfriend, rapper Cordae. Osaka called him out on Instagram on Thursday, March 25, 2021 and posted a picture of them at the 2020 U.S. Open final.