Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka will play in San Jose, California, in a week after agreeing to do so. Osaka, 24, has been out since the French Open due to an Achilles injury and has missed the entire grass-court season.
After a two-month break, Naomi Osaka of Japan will compete in the North American tournament in San Jose.
Osaka is familiar with San Jose because she has visited four times.
Osaka advanced past the San Jose qualifying in 2014 to make her debut in the main draw of the US event on hard courts. In her first outing at the San Jose Open, Osaka lost to Andrea Petkovic in the second round. The next year, Osaka was unable to move to the main draw after losing in the first round of qualification.
Osaka lost in the first round of the San Jose Open in both 2016 and 2017.
Osaka was taking painkillers while competing at the French Open.
When she began her clay court season in Madrid, Osaka had an Achilles issue.
Osaka made the decision to participate in the French Open despite being unable to go to Rome. In the third round of the French Open, Osaka was defeated by Amanda Anisimova 7-5, 6-4. Osaka admitted she had taken a painkiller during the match.
Osaka showed her displeasure even after the defeat, saying, “I tried to do my best and I feel a little unlucky because I was not able to play many matches before this tournament,” Despite a few errors, I would not describe myself as a bad guy.
The San Jose event will start one week after that. The first tournament in Osaka in the past two months is still uncertain.