Naomi Osaka will not play an official competitive match for some time, as she herself announced during one of the last press conferences: in fact, in the past few hours she has given up on the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, better known as the Indian Wells WTA Master 1000.
News had been in the air for a few weeks and was confirmed by the American tournament itself, through social media. After the controversy now overcome at Roland Garros, with the retirement in the second round without going down on the Parisian clay to face the Romanian Bogdan (she was seeded number 2), the Japanese was at the start of Cincinnati, coming out in the second round with the finalist Teichmann, and the US Open: in New York a new defeat against a left-handed, the Canadian who will then arrive at the end of Fernandez.
The 23-year-old's claims that she had declared that she wanted to take a break (unspecified duration) from tennis were the most controversial in this last competition. With recent setbacks and no major results, the Osaka native girl has lost several positions in the world rankings, dropping to eighth position.
In the Race, which will bring the best eight players to the Finals in Guadalajara in Mexico, she is currently in seventh place, fighting for one of the last places. In case of qualification for the 2021 edition, it seems very difficult at this moment to see Naomi Osaka at the starting line of the last event of the year.
More likely in the current period, except then rumors or announcements by the same athlete in the coming weeks, that the Japanese will spend about five months away from the courts and return in early 2022 to take part in the Australian Open, which she has already won in 2019 and in this one season.
The number eight in the world has been canceled from Indian Wells, a competition she had won in 2018, and then began her long climb to the very top positions in the standings.
Roger Federer: "Bjorn Borg can make the difference in Laver Cup"
Roger Federer was able to play the misery of 13 official matches in all of 2021, testifying to a physical condition far from the glories of the past.
His last appearance dates back to Wimbledon, where he managed to hit the quarter-finals thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard. After being clearly eliminated by Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss phenomenon announced that he would not take part in the Tokyo Olympics due to a relapse in his right knee.
On the evening of Sunday 15 August, news came that King Roger would have operated on the same limb for the third time in the last year and a half. The surgery has already been performed and the 20-time Grand Slam champion started rehabilitation a few weeks ago.
The hope is to see him back on the pitch in 2022, but it is too early to say too much. This setback will not allow the former ATP number 1 to participate in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, staged at the TD Garden in Boston in a few days.
During a meeting with one of his sponsors (Mercedes), the 40-year-old from Basel took stock of the upcoming start of the event. Federer said: "I think Team Europe is still the favorite, thanks largely to the presence of Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and US Open winner Daniil Medvedev.
If we analyze the singulars, we should start with a considerable advantage. As for indoor doubles, anything is possible. I believe there will be a great balance in that specialty." Team Europe - led by Bjorn Borg - took home all three editions so far (the tournament did not take place last year due to the pandemic).
Federer added: "It's amazing how strong the European selection has become in recent years. Even without being able to count on Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and me, our team has what it takes to win. We must not forget the presence of a leader like Bjorn Borg on our bench."