Naomi Osaka has just received news she was hoping for

Osaka set to be make her second Olympic appearance in Paris this summer.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Naomi Osaka has just received news she was hoping for
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World No. 125 Naomi Osaka has received the news she was hoping for as the Japanese tennis star has been given the green light to compete at the Paris Olympics after receiving a special ranking, the Japanese Tennis Association (JTA) announced. 

While Osaka was sidelined last year due to pregnancy, she said one of her big goals for 2024 would be to represent her country at the Paris Olympics. But not everything depended on Osaka as there were some steps she needed to clear but also to get some help on the way.

After representing Japan in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan in April and making her first appearance in the competition since 2020, Osaka needed one more appearance since two BJK Cup appearances during an Olympic cycle are mandatory. However, since she was out of action for an extended period the ITF gave her a special ranking that they can give to players who have been away from the Tour for an extended period. 

Also, the JTA said that Osaka being a Grand Slam champion also helped her get the green light for the Olympics.

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Naomi Osaka © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Osaka gets her wish fulfilled

In April, Osaka led Japan to a BJK Cup qualifiers win against Kazakhstan and helped her country book a place in the BJK Cup Finals. That's when Osaka also reiterated her desire to represent her country at the Paris Olympics. 

"Growing up watching the Olympics on TV, I felt that it was a celebration of sport," Osaka said during the BJK Cup qualifiers in April. 

"I thought it brought everyone together and just to be able to be an athlete there and interact with other athletes is one of the funniest things that I've ever done. And if I do play, I have high ambitions of myself and I hope that I can do really well and get a medal."

In Paris, 26-year-old Osaka will be making her second Olympic appearance. In the Tokyo Olympics three years ago, Osaka made the round-of-16 before losing to Marketa Vondrousova.

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