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World News September 8, 2023

Naomi Osaka to return for 2024 Australian Open

Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, intends to make a comeback to tennis for the 2024 Australian Open. In an interview at the U.S. Open, she confirmed her presence in Melbourne next year. Osaka, who has won four Grand Slam titles, including the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021, expressed that her break from the sport has reignited her passion. She became a mother in July and hasn’t played since September 2022. Osaka has been open about her struggles with depression and anxiety, which led to extended breaks from tennis. Her time away has deepened her appreciation for the sport and its impermanence. Swimming legend Michael Phelps, during a mental health forum with Osaka, shared his own past struggles with mental health, emphasizing the importance of communication.

Source – CGTN

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