Mastering both clay and grass has always been a battle for a hardcourt star such as Osaka, a two-time champion at Melbourne Park and Flushing Meadows.
“I’m sad about … how I did here,” the Japanese said. “I wish I could have done much better.
“I know that I don’t regret anything that I have done. Like, I’m happy that I spent extra weeks in Europe as opposed to what I would normally do.”
The ATP and WTA’s strong hand to withdraw points from Wimbledon, announced on Friday, was met with “deep disappointment” by the All England Club which argues the ban was the appropriate option under British government guidance.
“The decision is kind of affecting … my mentality going into grass – I’m not 100 per cent sure if I’m going to go there,” Osaka said.
“For me, it’s kind of like – I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended – but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by … seeing my ranking go up.
On a day of eye-catching results in Paris, defending champion Barbora Krejcikova was eliminated at the first hurdle, the Czech beaten 6-1, 2-6, 3-6 by 19-year-old Frenchwoman Diane Parry.
An emotional Krejcikova conceded she “hit the wall” early in the second set after a strong start against a local hope buoyed by strong support on centre court.
Krejcikova hadn’t played on the tour since February after managing an elbow injury.
“I think I just collapsed physically, and, I mean, it was tough because I didn’t play the matches,” said the 26-year-old.
The crowd reacted with displeasure when Krejcikova took a toilet break.
“I don’t know why. But I guess whatever I do is at some point booed, so that’s how it is. That’s life,” she said.
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