Naomi Osaka: Defending women’s singles champion arrives in Australia ahead of Grand Slam | Tennis News

Naomi Osaka’s appearance in Melbourne signals her intention to return to professional tennis after questioning her future in September after exiting the US Open

Last updated: 28/12/21 14:28


Naomi Osaka landed in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open

Naomi Osaka landed at Melbourne airport on Tuesday signaling her intention to return to professional tennis after questioning her future in September.

The reigning Australian Open women’s singles champion lost in the third round at the US Open to runner-up, 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

After the 24-year-old tearfully announced that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from the sport to focus on her mental health, the Japanese star flew to Australia and is ready to defend her crown.

Osaka, who retired from the French Open and lost Wimbledon altogether, hasn’t appeared on the tour since September.

Osaka won the Australian Open in 2019 and again last year, when she defeated American Jennifer Brady to take the fourth Grand Slam title of her career.

All players arriving prior to the Australian Open are subject to COVID-19 testing and must isolate themselves until they return a negative result.

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