Naomi Osaka will defend her title on the U.S. Open, organisers stated on Wednesday, after she withdrew from this 12 months’s French Open and Wimbledon on psychological well being grounds.
Japan’s Osaka surprised the tennis world when she give up 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 stated she had social anxiousness, additionally skipped Wimbledon however is scheduled to play on the Tokyo Olympics after which in Montreal subsequent month.
Osaka will probably be a part of a ladies’s area on the U.S. Open that will 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 characteristic within the ladies’s area at Flushing Meadows.
Within the males’s part, former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — at the moment tied for the lads’s report 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 into the primary man since Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969 to finish a calendar 12 months sweep.
One other former champion, Andy Murray, who’s at the moment ranked 104, did not make the principle draw however stays the primary participant on the alternate listing.
The U.S. Open will probably be held with 100% fan capability from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.