‘Afraid of Letting My Partner Down’ – Naomi Osaka Could Pair Up With Nick Kyrgios at the US Open

Published 08/19/2022, 11:25 PM EDT

Naomi Osaka has been one of the players to watch out on the women’s circuit over the last few years. Although she hasn’t had much success over the last 12 months, the Japanese star has achieved tremendous glory in her nascent career. She won her maiden Grand Slam title at the age of 20 when she defeated Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open. Since then, she has gone on to add another three major titles to take her tally to four.

Earlier this month, Osaka made a comeback after missing the grass-court season due to an Achilles injury. However, her comeback hasn’t gone according to plans, as she suffered back-to-back defeats at the National Bank Open in Toronto and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Recently, she revealed a special wish for the US Open.


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Naomi Osaka wishes to play mixed doubles at the US Open

The former World Number 1 took to Twitter to open up about her wish of playing mixed doubles at the US Open. Talking about this, she said, “I kinda want to play mixed doubles in US Open cause I’ve never played a full match in my life but I’m also very afraid of letting my partner down.”


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During her early days in tennis, Osaka played women’s doubles on the Tour. However, she didn’t enjoy much success in this format, with her best showing at a Grand Slam being a second-round appearance at the 2016 French Open.


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Osaka could potentially team up with Nick Kyrgios

Earlier this year, the Japanese star had talked about playing with Kyrgios in mixed doubles at Grand Slam tournaments. She said, “If he wants to attempt to carry us, I’ll consider it. But I haven’t played doubles in years and I’m not quite great at it. I know he just won the Australian Open doubles title. Yeah, if he wants to do everything.”

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Do you feel that Osaka should be venturing into mixed doubles while her form on the singles circuit hasn’t improved for almost a year? Let us know your views in the comments below.



Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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