Australian Open 2023: Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open
Australian Open 2023: Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open

Australian Open 2023: Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open

Two-time champion Naomi Osaka has confirmed she will not play at the Australian Open, adding her name to a growing list of notable withdrawals. Organizers confirmed in a tweet on Sunday
Author:
Ivy Sarkar

TWO-TIME CHAMPION NAOMI OSAKA HAS CONFIRMED SHE WILL NOT PLAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN, ADDING HER NAME TO A GROWING LIST OF NOTABLE WITHDRAWAL

THE 25-YEAR-OLD OSAKA'S RANKING HAS SLIPPED TO 47 AND SHE HASN'T PLAYED SINCE SEPTEMBER AFTER WITHDRAWING DURING THE SECOND ROUND IN TOKYO

OSAKA WON ONLY ONE COMPLETED MATCH SINCE MAY AND WAS BEATEN IN THE FIRST ROUND OF HER THREE PREVIOUS TOURNAMENTS, INCLUDING THE US OPEN AT WHICH SHE ALSO IS A TWO-TIME CHAMPION

OSAKA TOOK A MENTAL HEALTH BREAK AFTER MISSING THE 2021 FRENCH OPEN AND LATER SAID SHE HAD BEEN STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HER ABSENCE FROM MELBOURNE ADDS TO UNCERTAINTY OVER WHEN OR IF SHE WILL RESUME HER CAREER

THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WHICH STARTS ON JAN. 16 ALREADY HAS LOST SEVERAL LEADING PLAYERS INCLUDING MEN'S WORLD NO. 1 CARLOS ALCARAZ WHO PULLED OUT SATURDAY WITH AN ANKLE INJURY.

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