Serena Williams and Roger Federer are missing from Wimbledon’s preliminary entry list. The two tennis legends have been struggling with injuries for a long time. Remarkably enough, Naomi Osaka seems to participate in the British Grand Slam tournament.
Williams, 40, injured her leg at Wimbledon last year and has not played a tennis match since. In April, the seven-time winner hinted at a return to Wimbledon, but that seems to come too early.
Due to her long-term injury, Williams has dropped to 276th place in the world ranking. She could only have made it to the Wimbledon main tournament with a wildcard or via the qualifications.
Her older sister Venus Williams is also not on the provisional list of Wimbledon participants. Williams, 41, who was five times the best in London, is struggling with a serious leg injury. She played her last match in August last year.
Federer is also not present at Wimbledon. The twenty-time Grand Slam winner is still recovering from knee surgery, which he underwent in August last year. Earlier, the Swiss hinted that he probably would not make it to Wimbledon.
Roger Federer has been out of action since knee surgery in August.
Osaka still on provisional list of participants
It is striking that Osaka is on the provisional list of Wimbledon participants. After her early elimination at Roland Garros, the former number one in the world announced that she doubts participating in the Grand Slam tournament in London, because there are no points to earn for the world ranking.
The ATP and WTA decided to take this measure because tennis players from Russia and Belarus are not welcome at Wimbledon. The reason for this is the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Daniil Medvedev, among others, is missing in London as a result.
Osaka has had a disappointing year so far. The four-time Grand Slam winner was eliminated in the third round of the Australian Open in January, the tournament she won twice. At Roland Garros, the first round was her final station. At the end of last year she took a break due to mental problems.
Wimbledon is scheduled from June 27 to July 10. In the men, Novak Djokovic is the defending champion. The women’s tournament will in any case get a new winner: title holder Ashleigh Barty put an end to her career in March at the age of 25.