Naomi Osaka arrives in Australia ahead of first Grand Slam of 2022

Naomi Osaka touched down at Melbourne airport on Tuesday signaling her intent to return to professional tennis after casting doubt over her future in September.

Naomi Osaka touched down at Melbourne airport on Tuesday signalling her intent to return to professional tennis after casting doubt over her future in September.   -  AP

Naomi Osaka touched down at Melbourne airport on Tuesday signalling her intent to return to professional tennis after casting doubt over her future in September.

The defending Australian Open women's champion lost in the third round at the US Open to the eventual runner-up, 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

The 24-year-old then tearfully announced she was taking an indefinite break from the sport to focus on her mental health.

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The four-time Grand Slam winner, who hasn't appeared on the tour since September, won the Australian Open in 2019, and 2021.

All players arriving ahead of the Australian Open are subject to Covid-19 tests and must isolate until they return a negative result.

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