Naomi Osaka’s management team dismisses reports she won’t compete at Cincinnati Open and US Open

Naomi Osaka looking pleased

Naomi Osaka will take part in the Cincinnati Open and the US Open with her management team saying reports that she won’t compete in the Flushing Meadows double-header are wide off the mark.

Tennis is set to resume in August following the five-month enforced break due to the coronavirus and the Western and Southern Open has been scheduled for August 24 with the US Open starting on August 31.

Both tournaments are set to have strict bio-security measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Osaka’s name was missing from the initially entry list released by Cincinnati organisers earlier this week and it led to speculation that she would skip the US Open.

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Reuters, though, reports that the 2018 US Open champion’s management team confirmed “via email that the reports were wide of the mark and that she would be participating at Flushing Meadows” adding that the world No 10 “would also be playing in the Western and Southern Open”.

The news is a welcome boost for the United States Tennis Association after world No 1 Ashleigh Barty confirmed earlier on Thursday that should not take part in the US Open.

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