New York._ Naomi Osaka He will defend his title in US OpenOrganizers reported Wednesday, after he withdrew from Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year for mental health reasons.
The Japanese tennis player shocked the tennis world when she left the Paris Clay Championships in May, after her first-round match, after being fined and threatened with disqualification for refusing to attend mandatory post-match press conferences.
The world number two, who said she suffers from social anxiety, skipped Wimbledon but is due to play in the Tokyo Olympics and then Montreal next month.
Osaka will be part of the women’s US Open draw that will also include world number one Ash Barty, who won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier this month.
A total of 15 main tournament winners, including Simona Halep and Garbiñe Muguruza, appear in the women’s Flushing Meadows draw.
On the men’s side, former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – who currently hold the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles – will resume their quest for more titles in New York.
World number one Djokovic, who just won his third major title in 2020 at Wimbledon, is aiming to become the first man to complete a grand slam in a calendar year since Australian Rod Laver in 1969.
The US Open will be held with a capacity of 100 percent of fans from August 30 to September 12.