Naomi Osaka does not play in the Indian Wells tournament. The Japanese has withdrawn from the tournament where she had her breakthrough 3 years ago.
The tournament is next month in California. The 23-year-old Osaka is still on a tennis break. She took it after her 3rd round elimination at the US Open earlier this month. “I don’t know when I’ll be playing my next game,” Osaka said tearfully about her mental problems .
“When I win, I’m relieved instead of happy. When I lose, I’m sad. That’s not normal anymore.” Indian Wells is normally in March but is held once in October due to corona. Osaka is the number 8 in the world. The tournament organization is happy to welcome her again next year. “We look forward to seeing you in 2022, Naomi!”