Australian Open boss gives clear update on Naomi Osaka's 2024 participation

Osaka, 25, missed this year's Australian Open due to pregnancy.

by Dzevad Mesic
Australian Open boss gives clear update on Naomi Osaka's 2024 participation
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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed that two-time champion Naomi Osaka is expected to play at Melbourne Park in January. Osaka, who lifted Australian Open titles in 2019 and 2021, welcomed her first child this past summer and she is currently preparing for a comeback.

This week, Australian Open boss Tiley held a press conference, where he was asked about Osaka's participation at the opening Grand Slam of the season. "The return of some of the greats, and those champions who have been off for a couple of years," Tiley said in a response to the question, via Wide's Nine World of Sports.

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Osaka has enjoyed great success at the Australian Open

Osaka, 25, is a four-time Grand Slam champion and two of those four Majors titles came at Melbourne Park.

In 2021, Osaka clinched her second Australian Open title when she beat Jennifer Brady in the final at Melbourne Park. Last year, Osaka failed to defend her Australian Open title after losing to Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

This year, Osaka didn't compete at the Australian Open due to pregnancy. The Australian Open is a very special tournament for Osaka and the Japanese admitted it was difficult to miss this year's Australian Open edition. But Osaka is intending to return to Melbourne Park in 2024 and make her eighth Australian Open appearance.

In a recent interview, Osaka revealed she plans to play more than before when she returns. "It's definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that. I think it's because I realized that I don't know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me.

I don't know the level of play and I think I have to ease into it. So at the very least, I'll set myself up for a very good end of the year," Osaka told ESPN at the US Open.

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