Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open


Two-time champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, tournament organizers announced Sunday without elaborating on the reason.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open We will miss her at #AO2023,” the Australian Open tweeted.

Osaka, the former world No. 1, was not listed to play in the practice matches in Adelaide or Hobart, sparking speculation about her participation in the first Grand Slam of the year.

The 25-year-old took some time off from competitive tennis and made several famous revelations about her struggles. mental health Following an incident in August 2021, he was visibly stressed and emotional while addressing the media during a mandatory press conference at Roland Garros.

Osaka later withdrew from the French Open that year and revealed that she had “suffered a long period of stress” since winning her first major championship in 2018.

Osaka’s most recent season has been marred by injury and illness: she withdrew from the Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament last January with an abdominal injury and withdrew from Tokyo’s Pan Pacific Open in September due to illness.

He missed the entire grass court season with an Achilles injury and withdrew from the opening match of the Canadian Open with a back injury.

Osaka joins the list of notables who have pulled out of the Australian Open, which starts on January 16.

Men’s World No. 1 Carlos Algaraz He left with a leg injury, he said on Friday. The match would have been the first Grand Slam under-19 since winning the 2022 US Open in September and becoming the youngest world No. 1 in men’s tennis history.

wild card Venus Williams She has also withdrawn from the women’s singles due to injury, tournament organizers announced on Twitter on Saturday.

Meanwhile, there are question marks over Britain’s fitness Emma Raduganu And women’s world No. 1 Ika Sviatek pulled out of the Adelaide International 2 on Saturday with a right shoulder injury.

Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine will replace Osaka in the main round, organizers said.

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