John McEnroe: WTA’s withdrawal of Naomi Osaka from Rogers Cup ‘sad’

Eight-time men’s winner John McEnroe called the news of the withdrawal of American and “No. 1 player” Naomi Osaka from next week’s Rogers Cup that “just sort of came out of nowhere.”

John McEnroe told ESPN that on Wednesday, he read and heard the news and was “freaking out”, then talked with his daughter, Monica.

“When she was finding out, she was like, ‘What? What? Is she out of here?’ I had no idea. Then I figured out what was going on. It was a shock. It seemed like a punch to the gut. We’re going to be watching her win a couple of Grand Slams and now this is how she goes out. I didn’t know what to think. I couldn’t believe it. It’s a shame because I thought she was going to have a really good tournament and was going to be playing really well.

“Obviously, we’re huge tennis fans here in the United States, and it’s just sad.”

As of right now, the United States will be without one of the top four players in the world, with Serena Williams announcing her return to competition for the first time since giving birth this past February.

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