The name of four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka appeared on the singles entry list for Wimbledon which was released by the organizers on Friday, but veterans Roger Federer and the Williams sisters were not included.
Osaka said last month that it was “not 100% sure” it would participate in the Grand Slam grass court because of the sport’s governing body’s decision to strip the tournament of ranking points, its motivation to play had diminished.
Wimbledon had dropped its ranking points by the ATP for men and the WTA for women after the grass field major chose to exclude players from Russia and Belarus due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special operation”.
Belarus has been an important site for the invasion.
Osaka, 24, also withdrew from Wimbledon last year after taking leave for “personal reasons” – a month after leaving the French Open when she was overwhelmed by media duties.
Meanwhile, seven-time singles winner Serena Williams and her sister Venus, a five-time singles champion at the All England Club, were conspicuous by their absence.
Serena, 40, has not played on the Tour since an injury during her first round match at last year’s Wimbledon Championships forced her to withdraw, while Venus’ last appearance was at a WTA 250 event in Chicago last August.
In the men’s draw, Daniil Medvedev was the most conspicuous omission due to the ban imposed by the All England Club.
The Russian was even able to return to the top of the rankings without playing at Wimbledon, as Novak Djokovic will lose the points he earned by lifting the title last year.
Eight-time winner Roger Federer, who has not played since a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon last year, is also not on the entry list.
Federer, 40, underwent another knee operation last year and his coach had said in March that a return to Wimbledon was unlikely for the 20-time big winner.
The wildcards for the tournament from June 27 to July 10 have yet to be announced.
Osaka in Wimbledon entry list, Federer and Williams sisters absent – SABC News
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