Naomi Osaka will defend her title on the U.S. Open, organisers mentioned on Wednesday, after she withdrew from this yr’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 May following her first-round match after being fined and threatened with disqualification when she refused to attend necessary 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 U.S. Open that can 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 girls’s discipline at Flushing Meadows.
In the boys’s part, former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — at the moment tied for the boys’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 grow to be the primary man since Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969 to finish a calendar yr sweep.
Another former champion, Andy Murray, who’s at the moment ranked 104, didn’t make the principle draw however stays the primary participant on the alternate record.
The U.S. Open might be held with 100% fan capability from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.