Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open
Two-time champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Australian Open, match organizers introduced on Sunday, with out elaborating on the rationale.
“Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Australian Open. We are going to miss her at #AO2023,” the Australian Open tweeted.
Former world No. 1 Osaka was not listed to play in warm-up tournaments in Adelaide or Hobart, elevating hypothesis about her participation within the first grand slam of the yr.
The 25-year-old took a while away from aggressive tennis and made a number of extremely publicized disclosures about her struggles with mental health following an incident in August 2021, the place she was visibly burdened and emotional whereas addressing the media throughout an compulsory information convention at Roland Garros.
Osaka subsequently pulled out of the French Open that yr and revealed she had “suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy” since successful her first main championship in 2018.
Osaka’s most up-to-date season has been marred by damage and sickness: she withdrew from the Melbourne Summer season Set 1 match final January with an belly damage and pulled out of Tokyo’s Pan Pacific Open in September as a result of sickness.
She additionally missed all the grass courtroom season as a result of an Achilles damage and withdrew from her opening match of the Canadian Open with a again damage.
Osaka joins an inventory of notable absentees from the Australian Open, which begins on January 16.
Males’s world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz is out with a leg damage, he stated on Friday. The match would have been the 19-year-old’s first grand slam since successful the 2022 US Open in September and turning into the youngest world No. 1 within the historical past of males’s tennis.
Wild card Venus Williams has additionally withdrawn from the ladies’s singles as a result of an damage, match organizers introduced on Twitter Saturday.
In the meantime, there are query marks over the health of Britain’s Emma Raducanu and ladies’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek after she withdrew from the Adelaide Worldwide 2 match on Saturday as a result of a proper shoulder damage.
Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska will transfer into the primary attract Osaka’s place, organizers stated.
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