LONDON: Naomi Osaka will defend her title on the US Open, organisers mentioned on Wednesday (Jul 21), after she withdrew from this yr’s French Open and Wimbledon on psychological well being grounds.
Japan’s Osaka shocked the tennis world when she stop the claycourt main in Paris in Could following her first-round match after being fined and threatened with disqualification when she refused to attend obligatory post-match press conferences.
The world quantity two, who mentioned she had social nervousness, additionally skipped Wimbledon however is scheduled to play on the Tokyo Olympics after which in Montreal subsequent month.
Osaka might be a part of a girls’s discipline on the US Open that may even embody world primary Ash Barty, who lifted her second main title at Wimbledon earlier this month.
A complete of 15 main winners, together with Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, are scheduled to function within the girls’s discipline at Flushing Meadows.
Within the males’s part, former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – presently tied for the boys’s file of 20 Grand Slam singles titles – will resume their quest for extra silverware in New York.
World primary Djokovic, contemporary from his third main triumph of 2020 at Wimbledon, is aiming to turn out to be the primary man since Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969 to finish a calendar yr sweep.
One other former champion, Andy Murray, who’s presently ranked 104, did not make the principle draw however stays the primary participant on the alternate record.
The US Open might be held with 100% fan capability from Aug 30 to Sep 12.