Naomi Osaka’s Schedule for the 2021 Season

Published 01/07/2021, 6:40 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Thirteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


In 2020, the Japanese star Naomi Osaka rose to a premier level in tennis once again. She won her 3 Grand Slam title at the US Open at the mere age of 23.

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However, due to playing fewer tournaments last year, the former World No. 1 failed to regain the top rank. So as World No. 3, her first priority will be to become the best player of 2021.

Interestingly, the Japanese player has clinched one major title every single year from 2018. Therefore, it is something that Naomi would like to continue in the coming year as well.

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Considering her current form, the reigning US Open champion will be one of the favorites in every tournament this year. But before she starts her 2021, take a look at the tournaments she is likely to play this year.

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a point in her quarter-final match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during day five of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 10, 2020, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Schedule for Naomi Osaka in 2021

The list is only provisional and can change according to different circumstances.

DateTournamentLocationDraw SizeClassificationSurface
8 Feb – 15 FebAustralian OpenMelbourne, Australia128Grand SlamHard
8 MarDubai Tennis ChampionshipsDubai, United Arab Emirates64WTA 1000Hard
22 Mar – 29 MarMiami OpenMiami Gardens, United States128WTA 1000Hard
19 AprStuttgart OpenStuttgart, Germany32WTA 500Clay
26 Apr – 3 MayMadrid OpenMadrid, Spain64WTA 1000Clay
10 MayItalian OpenRome, Italy64WTA 1000Clay
24 May – 31 MayFrench OpenParis, France128Grand SlamClay
14 JunBirmingham ClassicBirmingham, Great Britain32WTA 250Grass
28 Jun – 5 JulyThe Championships, WimbledonLondon, Great Britain128Grand SlamGrass
26 JulTokyo OlympicsTokyo, Japan64Olympic GamesHard
9 AugCanadian OpenToronto, Canada56WTA 1000Hard
16 AugCincinnati OpenCincinnati, United States64WTA 1000Hard
30 Aug – 6 SeptUS OpenNew York City, United States128Grand SlamHard
20 SeptPan Pacific OpenTokyo, Japan32WTA 500Hard
4 OctChina OpenBeijing, China64WTA 1000Hard
1 NovWTA FinalsShenzhen, China8Tournament with round-robin matchesHard
Tba*Indian Wells MastersTucson, California128Masters 1000Hard

*Note: Indian Wells Masters has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus spread in the USA.

The 2019 Australian Open winner will start her campaign at the first slam of the year. Given her time off from tennis after the 2020 US Open, it would be difficult to find the rhythm from the start. But since she played only five tournaments last year, Naomi will be mentally ready to go big this year.

Naomi Osaka’s known targets in 2021

Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Apart from defending her New York title, she is the defending finalist of the Cincinnati Open. However, her prime target would be getting back the Australian Open, which she lost in the Round of 32 last year.

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Additionally, the highest-ranked Japanese will also try to collect more titles in the season. Currently, she has six WTA titles to her name.

In finality, Naomi Osaka is the player fans wouldn’t want to miss in 2021. Hopefully, she will present the peak level of her career this year.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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