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Nadal, Osaka both out of Wimbledon; she'll go to Olympics

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By HOWARD FENDRICH

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Happy to hear Noami is taking time off. I hope she decides to extend her break for a long, long, long time.

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Osaka has played at Wimbledon three times, twice exiting in the third round and losing in the first round in 2019.

Smart move for Osaka. The Tokyo Olympics will be played on hard courts, the surface on which she performs best. She’s never performed well on grass (Wimbledon) or clay (French Open).

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What’s with her handlers & PR people?? ’They’ are creating an image of instability. Just yesterday:

- “Osaka still set to play Wimbledon, say organizers“ Jun 17  

“Wimbledon organizers say Japanese star Naomi Osaka is still down to play at the Grand Slam event which starts later this month and has not given any indication she will skip it.

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Hope she pulls out of the Olympics as a form of protest for the disrespect this has been for the japanese people.

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snowymountainhellToday  06:50 am JST

What’s with her handlers & PR people?? ’They’ are creating an image of instability. Just yesterday: 

*- “Osaka still set to play Wimbledon, say organizers“ Jun 1**7  *

*“Wimbledon organizers say Japanese star Naomi Osaka is still down to play at the Grand Slam event which starts later this month and has not given any indication she will skip it.*

Perhaps Wimbledon organizers said one thing yesterday, and today Osaka’s agent said another.

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She will pull out of the Olympics in a few weeks.

no Nadal, No Thiem , no Federer and likely no djokovic

No Williams, No Osaka likely.

scrap tennis

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no Nadal, No Thiem , no Federer and likely no djokovic

We gotta be proud of this generation of tennis players. They stand for their believes.

Sad that Japanese population don't stand for nothing, just wait for some international movement that saves them.

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What’s with her handlers & PR people?? ’They’ are creating an image of instability. Just yesterday:

Maybe Wimbledon was putting pressure on her by putting it out there publicly she was playing and the next day she let it be known she wouldn't be bullied to play when not ready.

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If she pulls out, no doubt japan will take it personally.

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Question for those who love Naomi Osaka's social justice stance and hate the Olympics, which side will you choose?

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Sad that Japanese population don't stand for nothing

There are many upon many Japanese protesting the Olympics. Sad that there are still people that judge an entire population based on government decisions and nationality.

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NOMINATIONToday  08:05 am JST

Question for those who love Naomi Osaka's social justice stance and hate the Olympics, which side will you choose?

I’m ambivalent about her whole “social justice warrior” shtick. I think she does it for the right reasons, but it can be a bit cringe at times, especially when compared with the “I’m too delicate to talk to the press” stance.

However, if she came out against the Olympics and said she wouldn’t be there because the games are clearly nothing more than a capitalist wet dream, I’d be down with that.

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If she pulls out, no doubt japan will take it personally.

If she does pull out,she'd better stop representing Japan too.The backlash would be fierce.

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I didn't know Olympic athletes could simply pull out at the last minute.

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So as. A Japanese citizen what are her quarantine requirements. Will she be confined to a crappy room in the Olympic village bubble with the foreign athletes following the playbook or as Japanese athlete will she be free to go and do whatever she likes like the other Japanese athletes. Of course to do that she should have the 14 day quarantine like other returning Japanese citizens but I can’t see that happening. I guess she gets the best of all worlds, no quarantine, and no lockdown bubble like retuning Japanese politicians, foreign dignitaries, IOC bigwigs etc

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Perhaps @PeterNeil 9:49am you may be contradicting your own ‘rules’ for this same topic from Jun 16:

*- @PeterNeil 8:49am “your comment is a cheap, hit-and-run straw man.” - *

And, Yours today?

*- [Yeah it's not like she's ethically Japanese…] - @PeterNeil 9:49am: “…She unethically Japanese.*

Once again, ‘*Not **100% accurate*’.

Here’s some information as conveyed by the AP editors in the article above:

- “She is taking some personal time with friends & family,”- “will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”

- “Osaka is a 23yo, born in Japan to a J mother & Haitian father; the family moved to the US when she was 3 and she is still based there.”-

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Good for Naomi-chan.

If the Olympics goes ahead, winning a Gold medal for her country is a bigger prize than a Wimbledon trophy which she can win next year, or any year.

Plus if she chooses to team up with Nishikori in doubles, it could easily be 2 Golds!

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Excellent news, she needs more time off to recover properly! I recommend she takes the whole year off, and possibly next year too, just to be on the safe side. Then, a proper medical and psychiatric review in 2023 to see if she is fit and well enough to return to the tour.

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anon9999:

So as. A Japanese citizen what are her quarantine requirements. Will she be confined to a crappy room in the Olympic village bubble with the foreign athletes following the playbook or as Japanese athlete will she be free to go and do whatever she likes like the other Japanese athletes. Of course to do that she should have the 14 day quarantine like other returning Japanese citizens but I can’t see that happening. I guess she gets the best of all worlds, no quarantine, and no lockdown bubble like retuning Japanese politicians, foreign dignitaries, IOC bigwigs etc

Good point. I'm leaning on different and special treatment for her. The virus doesn't care what nationality you are. Then again, it's likely she still has her US citizenship.

As for whether she'll pull out of the Olympics at the last moment, I'll believe it when I see it. Money is very important to her (and probably her grandfather).

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excited to play in front of her home fans.”

In front of her "home" sponsors maybe? The US is her home.

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She will pull out of the Olympics in a few weeks.

I think she or her people got it completely wrong on the interviews issue, but holding back and pretending she is going to the Olympics is a good PR move for now. When the time comes, she can just have "tight hamstrings" or something.

The Olympics is just a bonus to tennis, and these withdrawals show us how commited the players actually are to it when some inconvenience or other negativity is involved.

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Wow, @ Fighto! 10:25am. Et tu ?Periodically doing 180’s with Naomi *and *Olympic Support?

*- “Good for Naomi-chan…. IF the Olympics goes ahead,… IF she chooses… it could easily be 2 Golds!“ -*

Rather enthusiastic ( ! ) for those Nippon ‘Golds’ ?

Sorry but it comes down to one of two choices:

‘for Naomi resting and being ‘Against the Olympics’ ?

or,

For continuing with “Japan’s Olympics” *and*** *Japan ‘using Naom*i’ for Japan’s ‘Glory’ ?

Time to ‘take a stand’ and ‘hold fast’, folks!

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The Olympics is just a bonus to tennis, and these withdrawals show us how commited the players actually are to it when some inconvenience or other negativity is involved.

This is very true. When the debates start over who is the greatest player - male and female - Grand slams and weeks at number one are basically the yardsticks by which these things are debated. Nobody cares about who won at the Olympics.

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Tennis shouldn't be an Olympic sport anyway. Like golf, soccer and baseball, it already has its own huge global profile and premier tournaments. Also, you can tell the players don't value a gold medal as highly as they do winning a GS event, so it's just a "nice to have" award and a chance to cosplay and Larp at the opening and closing ceremonies for them.

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Osaka will play in the Tokyo Olympics because that is where the moolah is to be had - "shaking the pagoda tree" - as it used to be known.

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Sadly Osaka will likely play here, why, well just like nbc for the $$$, her sponsors are mainly Japanese & NOT showing up here, well that would be INTERESTING for sure, but she knows who pays her salary

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otsukaresamadesu Naomi-chan! please taking time off to rest and then to olympics to show japan STRENGTH in sport of tennis! Japan supports you!

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.

Unless she'll pussy out because she doesn't want to talk to the media again.

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