World number 2 Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year on mental health grounds, will compete in Montreal next month, organizers of the Canadian event said on Wednesday.
Osaka, a quadruple Gland Slam champion and one of Japan’s top gold medal prospects at the Tokyo Olympics, will be part of a squad at the National Bank Open from August 9-15, a focus on point of the US Open which currently includes 18 of the top 20 players in the WTA.
Organizers also said that Wimbledon champion and world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, No.3 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, former winner Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and defending champion Bianca Andreescu are also among those who have confirmed their participation.
“We are delighted to welcome Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka, as well as Bianca Andreescu, who we know will be hosting a reception for the ages from our passionate fans in Montreal,” said the Montreal tournament director, Eugene Lapierre in a press release. Press release.
The 2020 edition has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andreescu won the event two years ago when it was held in Toronto before becoming Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion at that year’s US Open.
“As a Canadian this tournament has a special place in my heart and it’s always such a pleasure to play in front of the best fans in the world,” said Andreescu, who is ranked No.5 in the world, in a statement. Release.
“Winning the National Bank Open in 2019 was a dream come true, and I hope to be able to defend the title next month in Montreal.