Newly-crowned US Open champion Naomi Osaka pulls OUT of the French Open due to lingering hamstring issue

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Boca Raton, FL- Jan 31, 2019 : Naomi Osaka Photographed at the Evert Tennis Academy. Credit: Williams & Hirakawa for ESPN Hair Lennie Billy/Artists at Wilhelmina Makeup: Nina Alcantara /Artists at Wilhelmina Wardrobe: stylist Erika Golcher Wardrobe: V Neck Tennis Dress by Tory Sport; Sneakers by Cole Haan; Star earrings by H. Stern; Eco-Drive Bluetooth Watch by Citizen Location: Evert Tennis Academy

Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open with a hamstring problem
The Japanese star won her second US Open title at Flushing Meadows last week
Posting on Twitter, she wrote: ‘These two tournaments came too close for me’

Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open after suffering a hamstring injury.

The Japanese player won her second New York major on the weekend and had been scheduled to appear at the tournament beginning on September 27 in Paris.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the 22-year-old said: ‘I won’t be able to play at the French Open.

‘These two tournaments came too close to each other for me.’

The world No 3’s left hamstring was wrapped in tape when she beat Victoria Azarenka in the final in New York.

The announcement came just hours after the French Tennis Federation reduced the number of fans that will be allowed to attend the French Open due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

The FFT announced earlier this month that 11,500 spectators a day would be admitted under strict conditions, but that has now been reduced to 5,000 as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.

Conditions for the players are even more stringent than at Flushing Meadows, where there were no spectators.

They must stay in one of two tournament hotels – players in New York had the choice of staying in private accommodation – while they will only be allowed on site at Roland Garros on the days when they are playing matches.

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