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Osaka opts to skip French Open

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, Sept 18: US Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open because of an injured left hamstring.

Osaka joins defending champion Ash Barty in skipping the French Open, which opens on September 27 in Paris.

In another blow to the clay Grand Slam, tournament organisers announced a further reduction in crowd sizes, because of France�s worsening coronavirus epidemic.

The new limit, decreed by the Paris police department, is 5,000 spectators per day, organizers said in a statement late Thursday. They�d previously been planning for 11,500 spectators, split among three sites at Roland Garros.

�It is important for the sporting, social and economic life of the country that a major event like Roland-Garros can be put on while respecting health imperatives,� organizers said.

Osaka, who is ranked No. 3, hurt the hamstring last month at the Western & Southern Open, also in New York. � AP

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Osaka opts to skip French Open

PARIS, Sept 18: US Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open because of an injured left hamstring.

Osaka joins defending champion Ash Barty in skipping the French Open, which opens on September 27 in Paris.

In another blow to the clay Grand Slam, tournament organisers announced a further reduction in crowd sizes, because of France�s worsening coronavirus epidemic.

The new limit, decreed by the Paris police department, is 5,000 spectators per day, organizers said in a statement late Thursday. They�d previously been planning for 11,500 spectators, split among three sites at Roland Garros.

�It is important for the sporting, social and economic life of the country that a major event like Roland-Garros can be put on while respecting health imperatives,� organizers said.

Osaka, who is ranked No. 3, hurt the hamstring last month at the Western & Southern Open, also in New York. � AP

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