Mistake with the 'Press Requirement'
became the second tennis
star to withdraw from the French Open
this week, claiming that she fell and injured her ankle
during "press requirements" following her first-round victory on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, after an MRI and much discussion with my team, I have made the difficult decision that it would be unwise to play on it,” the WTA’s 12th-ranked player tweeted Tuesday. “It’s incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the grass-court season.”
Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) June 1, 2021 pic.twitter.com/Oj8P1lmCjT
The withdrawal of Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion who reached the French Open semifinals in 2020, comes on the heels of the abrupt withdrawal of WTA No. 2 Naomi Osaka
, who withdrew Monday citing mental health
concerns after declining to appear at press events at the Grand Slam competition in Paris.
, politicians, fellow athletes, and Nike, which sponsors Osaka, have all backed her decision.
Kvitova needed to save a match point to defeat qualifier Greet Minnen in three sets in the first round, and she was scheduled to play Elena Vesnina on Wednesday, according to ESPN.