Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek pull out of US Open tuneup in Montreal

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MONTREAL – Naomi Osaka has pulled out of hard court tuning for the National Bank Open, which is being played ahead of the US Open in Montreal this month.

The tournament announced the withdrawal of Osaka and two other top 10 players who have won Grand Slam titles, Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek, on Tuesday.

Osaka loses in the third round at the Tokyo Olympics, where she had the honor of lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony.

Previously, the 23-year-old Osaka had not competed anywhere since her retirement before her second round match at the French Open due to the need for a mental break. She also completely suspended Wimbledon.

She ranks second and owns four major championships, all on hard courts, including this year’s Australian Open.

The fourth-placed Kenin, who won the Australian Open 2020, has been sidelined since Wimbledon due to a foot injury.

No. 8 Swiatek, last year’s French Open winner, lost in the second round of the Olympic Games.

The tournament starts on August 9th.

The US Open, the last major championship of the year, begins on August 30th in New York.