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Naomi Osaka on Wimbledon entry list, Roger Federer and Williams sisters absent


The name of four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was on the Wimbledon singles entry list released by organizers on Friday, but veterans Roger Federer and the Williams sisters were not included. Osaka said last month she was “not 100 per cent sure” she would compete in the grass-court Grand Slam because the sport’s governing bodies’ decision to strip the tournament of ranking points had reduced her motivation to play. .

Wimbledon had their ranking points stripped by the men’s ATP and women’s WTA after the grass-court major chose to exclude players from Russia and Belarus due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls it a “special operation”. Belarus was a key stage for the invasion.

Osaka, 24, also pulled out of Wimbledon last year after taking time off for “personal reasons” – a month after leaving Roland Garros amid swamped media duties.

Meanwhile, seven-time singles winner Serena Williams and her sister Venus, five-time All England Club singles champion, were conspicuously absent.

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Serena, 40, hasn’t played on the Tour since an injury in her first round match at the Wimbledon Championships last year forced her to withdraw while Venus’ last appearance was one WTA 250 event in Chicago last August.

In the men’s draw, Daniil Medvedev was the most notable omission due to the All England Club ban. The Russian could even return to the top of the table without playing at Wimbledon as Novak Djokovic will lose the points he earned by lifting the title last year.

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Eight-time winner Roger Federer, who hasn’t played since a Wimbledon quarter-final last year, is also not on the entry list.

Federer, 40, underwent another knee surgery last year and his coach said in March that a return to Wimbledon was unlikely for the 20-time Major winner. Wildcards for the June 27-July 10 tournament have yet to be announced.

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