Naomi Osaka

Osaka Returns To Indian Wells At Peace With Herself, Win Or Lose

INDIAN WELLS/WASHINGTON, March 11, 2022 (by Michael Dickens) Former World No. 1, four-time Grand Slam champion and 2018 BNP Paribas Open titlist Naomi Osaka returned to the Southern California palm desert for the first time since 2019 and took center […]

Defending Champion Osaka Having Fun, Winning At Australian Open

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, January 19, 2022 (by Michael Dickens) Women’s defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-4 win over 54th-ranked American Madison Brengle in a featured Wednesday evening match on […]

Djokovic Gets Medical Exemption, Will Play In Australian Open

MELBOURNE/WASHINGTON, January 5, 2022 (by Michael Dickens) World No. 1 and nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic ended weeks of speculation about whether he would play in this year’s first major, announcing on his social media platforms Tuesday that he […]

It’s Naomi’s World: Osaka Guest Edits Racquet

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Racquet, the New York-based literary quarterly that celebrates the art, ideas, style and culture surrounding tennis, is out with its latest edition, Issue No. 17, which is a very special effort that showcases […]

Osaka’s Olympic Gold Medal Hopes Dashed By Vondrousova

TOKYO/WASHINGTON, July 27, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) In an Olympic Tennis Event that has been full of surprises and daily upsets, another shocker took place in the women’s singles draw at Ariake Park Tuesday afternoon. No. 2 seed Naomi Osaka […]

Roland-Garros Defends Its Handling Of Osaka Situation

PARIS/WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) The organizers of Roland-Garros said they did everything possible to protect Naomi Osaka while admitting they wanted to do more to support players in the future. During a press conference before the men’s championship […]

Osaka Pulls Out Of Roland Garros

STARNBERG/PARIS, May 31, 2021 Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros on Monday evening. The four-time Grand Slam singles champion from Japan was fined $15,000 after she did not conduct a post-match press conference following her first-round win against Romanian Patricia […]

Osaka Says No To News Conferences In Paris

PARIS/WASHINGTON, May 27, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) On Wednesday evening, World No. 2 Naomi Osaka, the highest-earning female athlete in the world, announced on her social media platforms that she is not going to speak to the media during the […]