Naomi Osaka’s Schedule for the 2021 Season

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January 7, 2021 5:10 pm

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

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.

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.

Date Tournament Location Draw Size Classification Surface
8 Feb – 15 Feb Australian Open Melbourne, Australia 128 Grand Slam Hard
8 Mar Dubai Tennis Championships Dubai, United Arab Emirates 64 WTA 1000 Hard
22 Mar – 29 Mar Miami Open Miami Gardens, United States 128 WTA 1000 Hard
19 Apr Stuttgart Open Stuttgart, Germany 32 WTA 500 Clay
26 Apr – 3 May Madrid Open Madrid, Spain 64 WTA 1000 Clay
10 May Italian Open Rome, Italy 64 WTA 1000 Clay
24 May – 31 May French Open Paris, France 128 Grand Slam Clay
14 Jun Birmingham Classic Birmingham, Great Britain 32 WTA 250 Grass
28 Jun – 5 July The Championships, Wimbledon London, Great Britain 128 Grand Slam Grass
26 Jul Tokyo Olympics Tokyo, Japan 64 Olympic Games Hard
9 Aug Canadian Open Toronto, Canada 56 WTA 1000 Hard
16 Aug Cincinnati Open Cincinnati, United States 64 WTA 1000 Hard
30 Aug – 6 Sept US Open New York City, United States 128 Grand Slam Hard
20 Sept Pan Pacific Open Tokyo, Japan 32 WTA 500 Hard
4 Oct China Open Beijing, China 64 WTA 1000 Hard
1 Nov WTA Finals Shenzhen, China 8 Tournament with round-robin matches Hard
Tba* Indian Wells Masters Tucson, California 128 Masters 1000 Hard

*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.

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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