Naomi Osaka will miss the Australian Open

(Melbourne) Two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka became the latest star to lose her first major tournament of the year on Sunday, leaving the tournament without some of tennis’ biggest names.

No reason was given for the 25-year-old Japanese’s withdrawal, with organizers simply tweeting: “We will miss her at AO2023.”

In his absence, Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska was promoted to the main draw in Melbourne.

Osaka has not played a competitive match since last September and news reports last week indicated that despite being on the official entry list, Tennis Australia could not tell where if she was.

Her social media accounts indicated that she traveled to Europe with her boyfriend, American rapper Corday.

His absence represents another blow to the pioneer of the Antipodes club after the package of world No. 1, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, on Friday, due to an injury to his right leg.

American Venus Williams will also not be around after she was injured last week at the WTA Championships in Auckland and after returning the invitation she had benefited from.

The Australian Open organizers were already shaken by the retirement of defending champion Ashleigh Barty and legends Serena Williams and Roger Federer last year.

Also absent is Romania’s Simona Halep, former world number one and two-time Grand Slam winner, who was provisionally suspended in October for taking the banned substance roxadostat.

But nine-time Melbourne winner Novak Djokovic is back after being suspended last year after suffering a stroke due to a vaccination situation.

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal, who won the 2022 title in the absence of Djokovic, will also be present.

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Melbourne champions in 2019 and 2021, Osaka has not played a competitive match since pulling out of a tournament in Tokyo in September after abdominal pain and dropping to 42.H position in the world rankings.

The four-time Grand Slam winner had previously opened up about her struggles with mental health and spent all of 2022 out of the game. top 10, who suffered first-round defeats at the French Open and the US Open. She withdrew from Wimbledon due to an Achilles heel injury.

Speaking at the Tokyo Tennis Championships in September, the player admitted he had gone through “more lows than highs” in 2022.

“This year wasn’t the best for me, but I learned a lot about myself,” she said.

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