Naomi Osaka lost in the first round of the French Open to Amanda Anisimova ©Getty Images

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has admitted it is uncertain whether she will compete at Wimbledon after crashing out of the French Open.

The former world number one was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by the United States’ Amanda Anisimova at Roland Garros' Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Osaka revealed following the defeat that the stripping of Wimbledon’s ranking points has impacted her thought process on whether to compete.

The Association of Tennis Professionals, Women's Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation sanctioned the organisers of Wimbledon for banning Russian and Belarusian players.

"The intention of this measure was good, but the execution is all over the place," Osaka said.

"I would say 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.

"I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but at the same time I'm the type of player that gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up."

Russian state news agency TASS reported that Russian Tennis Federation (FTR) President Shamil Tarpishchev believes Wimbledon's sanction was "fair" but suggested it will be reversed once Wimbledon budges on its stance.

He said: "They will allow athletes, which means they will return [points]."

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reportedly thanked the WTA and ATP for supporting athletes ©Getty Images
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reportedly thanked the WTA and ATP for supporting athletes ©Getty Images

However, the likelihood of this is currently dim considering a statement on behalf of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and the tournament's Committee of Management doubled-down on the ban.

It read: "Given the position taken by the UK Government to limit Russia's global influence, which removed automatic entry by ranking, and the widespread response of Government, industry, sport and creative institutions, we remain of the view that we have made the only viable decision for Wimbledon as a globally renowned sporting event and British institution, and we stand by the decision we have made."

Tarpishchev has since alleged that it is unsafe for young Russian athletes to compete in foreign countries, believing its is "better to play it safe" for them not to travel abroad.

Also according to TASS, Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is the world number 21 in women's singles, thanked the WTA and ATP for being "the first to make a statement in support of the players" and FTR honoured coach Vladimir Kamelzon claimed the three international organisations "have came out in defence of athletes".

The controversy caused Norway's Casper Ruud to claim that "it's tough to mix politics with sport" and it was "unfair" grass-specialist players cannot win ranking points following his win over Portugal's João Sousa in the Geneva Open final.

Attention is set to eventually turn to what the US Open do as they have not moved to ban Russian and Belarusians yet.

However, for now, eyes are peeled to the second Grand Slam tournament of the year which saw Osaka fall short on her French Open return.

Osaka  withdrew from last year’s tournament over her mental well-being.

The world number 38 had suffered injuries in the lead-up to the competition this year, which seemingly showed with her serve in particular struggling.

Osaka racked up eight double faults.

The 24-year-old was broken by double fault at 5-5 in the opening set, which gifted Anisimova an opportunity to claim the first set.

The world number 28 continued to pounce on Osaka’s mistakes in the second set and prevented her opponent from staging a fightback.

Anisimova saved three break points to maintain a 5-3 lead before finishing off the opening-round tie.

Also in round one of the women's singles, world number one Iga Świątek recorded her 29th victory in succession by overpowering Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.

Świątek dominated her opponent 6-2, 6-0 to progress to the next round.

The 2020 French Open champion has now won 42 of her last 43 sets.