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Australian Open officials are ‘scrambling’ to find two-time champion Naomi Osaka after her recent holiday in Europe… and are  ‘quietly resigned’ to the former world No 1 MISSING the Melbourne slam

  • Organisers are reportedly ‘resigned’ to Naomi Osaka not playing in Melbourne
  • The former world No 1 is on the entry list but is not believed to be in Australia
  • Osaka recently posted about a trip to Europe with her boyfriend back in October

Australian Open officials reportedly remain in the dark as to whether two-time champion Naomi Osaka will play in the tournament – with organisers unsure if she has even headed down under.  

Just 11 days from the opening Grand Slam of 2023, Osaka, who won the women’s tournament at Melbourne Park in 2019 and 2021, is a question mark for organisers, in what would represent a major blow to the women’s draw if she did not feature. 

Osaka has kept a low profile of late, not playing a match in four months and giving very few indicators she is ramping up her training for Australia.

Mona Lisa was in the background as they visited Paris

Trip to Europe is one of the last times Osaka has updated fans on what she has been up to

Osaka recently posted on social media about her holiday in Europe with her rapper boyfriend, when he was on tour in October. as they saw the Mona Lisa while stopping off in Paris, France

Her Instagram has been quiet, but she did recently post a series of photos from a holiday in Europe with rapper boyfriend Cordae from back in October, while he was on tour.

One of the images she posted showed the pair in Paris, France, posing in front of the famous Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre.

A second indicator that she is still not in Australia surfaced on her Instagram story when she was tagged in a photo taken in a Los Angeles pilates studio last night.

Osaka has not played a match in four months and does not appear to be bound for Australia

Osaka has not played a match in four months and does not appear to be bound for Australia

The Australian Associated Press have reported that while Osaka is named on the entry list for the women’s singles, organisers are ‘quietly resigned’ to the former world No 1 not playing. 

The report adds that some are even questioning if she will ever make a return to the tennis court. 

Her absence from tune-up events at both Adelaide or Hobart have been viewed as a signifier of her anticipated Melbourne absence.  

Absences of 2022 Australian Open champion Ash Barty, who chose to retire, as well as Serena Williams and Roger Federer already mean a number of the sport’s biggest names will play no part in the season-opening slam, much to the chagrin of organisers. 

Osaka, now down at world No 42, has not played since she withdrew from a second round match in Tokyo back in September due to complaining of abdominal pains. 

Her last win came against Daria Saville in Tokyo – but that was an incomplete match with Aussie Saville suffering a torn ACL.

Osaka’s form, or lack thereof, has seen her exit in the first round of her last three tournaments, including the final slam of 2022, the US Open, losing in straight sets to Danielle Collins.  

The draw for the Australian Open will take place next Thursday and all eyes are glued to the entry sheet to see if Osaka officially pulls out. 

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