Former World No. 1 Naomi Osaka, of Japan, has been training hard ahead of the upcoming US Open. The two-time Grand Slam winner even had a practice session with former men's World No. 2 Tommy Haas, of Germany.
Naomi Osaka practices with former World No.
2 Tommy Haas
Osaka posted a picture of the two together after a hitting session, with the caption, "we grinding tho 😤💪🏾" on Instagram. Both are seen wearing masks in the picture as well. Meanwhile, on Twitter, she posted the same picture, saying, "He's so good" Osaka is scheduled to compete in next week's Western & Southern Open in New York, followed by the US Open Grand Slam event, also in New York.
She is a former winner of the US Open women's singles event.
Tommy Haas peaked at No.
2 in the world rankings in May 2002 but his career was interrupted by injuries several times. His best performance at the Grand Slams was reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open three times, and at Wimbledon once. He reached the quarterfinal stage of each of the Grand Slam events.
In all, he won 15 career titles in singles. He also won a silver medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics. During the Sydney Games, he defeated Wayne Ferreira, Andreas Vinciguerra, Àlex Corretja, Max Mirnyi and Roger Federer before losing in the gold medal match where he lost to Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
He is currently 42 years old and also played some exhibition events during the recent tennis shutdown. Naomi Osaka is a former World No. 1 and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two Grand Slam titles and two Premier Mandatory titles.
She won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, making her the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. In 2020, she was named the highest-earning female athlete as per Forbes, with earnings of over $37.4 million.
Osaka has been in the limelight during the recent shutdown with her efforts to raise awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement and she also launched a initiative to help girls play more sports. (Picture via Twitter account of Naomi Osaka)