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Naomi Osaka, 25-year-old tennis sensation, confirms she won’t be playing at the Australian Open

Naomi Osaka, 25-year-old tennis sensation, confirms she won’t be playing at the Australian Open

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Two-time champion Naomi Osaka has confirmed she will not play at the Australian Open, adding her name to a growing list of notable departures.

Organizers confirmed in a tweet on Sunday that Japan’s Osaka, the 2019 and 2021 Open champion, will not play in Melbourne.

“Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Australian Open. We will miss her at #AO2023,” the tweet said.

The ranking for Osaka, 25, has slipped to 47 and she has not played since September after withdrawing in the second round in Tokyo. She won her first-round match at that tournament when Australia’s Daria Saville retired after a game with a knee injury.

Osaka has won just one completed match since May and was beaten in the first round of her three previous tournaments, including the US Open, where she is also a two-time champion.

Last week she posted pictures on social media from a trip to Europe with her US rapper boyfriend Cordae and was deemed unlikely to play the first Grand Slam of the season.

In her place, Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine was promoted to the peloton.

Osaka took a mental break after missing the 2021 French Open and later said she had struggled with depression and anxiety for several years. Her absence from Melbourne adds to the uncertainty about when or if she will resume her career.

The Australian Open, which begins on January 16, has already lost several leading players, including men’s No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who withdrew on Saturday with an ankle injury.

Former finalist Simona Halep is also not playing this year and Venus Williams has also made a wildcard entry after suffering an injury while training in Auckland.

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