A two-time winner of both the Australian and US Open, Osaka’s best runs at Wimbledon were two third round defeats in 2017 and 2018.
The world No. 43 has not played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since 2019, though the grand slam was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The decision came a few months after Osaka had withdrawn from the French Open after declining to speak to the media in order to protect her mental health, which prompted a period of absence from tennis for the former world No. 1.
“I feel like life keeps dealing cards and you’re never gonna be used to them,” Osaka wrote. “But it’s how you adapt to uncomfortable situations that really says stuff about your character.
“I’ve been repeating mantras a lot in my head recently. I don’t know if it’s to subconsciously help myself through stressful times or to ease my mind into realizing that everything will work out fine as long as I put in the work.
“Cause what more can you do?”