Naomi Osaka will defend her title at the U.S. Open, organisers mentioned on Wednesday, after she withdrew from this 12 months’s French Open and Wimbledon on psychological well being grounds.
Japan’s Osaka shocked 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 obligatory post-match press conferences.
The world quantity two, who mentioned she had social nervousness, additionally skipped Wimbledon however is scheduled to play at the Tokyo Olympics after which in Montreal subsequent month.
Osaka shall be a part of a ladies’s field at the U.S. Open that will even embrace 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 ladies’s field at Flushing Meadows.
In the men’s part, former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — at the moment tied for the men’s document of 20 Grand Slam singles titles — will resume their quest for extra silverware in New York.
World primary Djokovic, recent 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 full a calendar 12 months sweep.
Another former champion, Andy Murray, who’s at the moment ranked 104, failed to make the primary draw however stays the primary participant on the alternate checklist.
The U.S. Open shall be held with 100% fan capability from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.