Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka will likely be making her return to aggressive tennis in August by showing in a match in San Jose, (Califorina). It will likely be Osaka’s first look at an occasion since she suffered a first-round defeat on the 2022 French Open on May 23.
She accepted a wild-card entry into the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Monday.
Osaka, 24, withdrew from Wimbledon because of a nagging damage to her left Achilles.
The San Jose match begins on August 1.
Osaka joins a area that features Wimbledon champ Elena Rybakina, World No. 5 Ons Jabeur and American teenager Coco Gauff.
“We are very excited to have Naomi Osaka returning to the Bay Area,” match director Vickie Gunnarsson stated.
“She made her WTA debut at our event and watching her grow both on and off the court has been amazing. She is not only an incredible player but her commitment to equality and social change is truly inspiring,” Gunnarsson added.
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was co-founded by Billie Jean King. The previous champions embrace Billie Jean King, Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Andrea Jaeger.
With Input from Reuters