Naomi Osaka Trains with Former World No.2 Ahead of Australian Open 2021 Preparations

Published 12/10/2020, 12:09 PM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan hits the ball against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women’s singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports | Credits: Reuters

With the Australian Open 2021 just a month away, players are returning back to the court for practice sessions. As some went on an off-season vacation, it is high time that they gear up for the upcoming season. One of them to return recently was the Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka.

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Osaka returned for the first time after winning the US Open 2020 title. She didn’t play tennis in the remaining year due to a back injury. However, former World No.2 Tommy Haas recently shared a picture with Osaka on Instagram, updating fans about her training with him.

“Guess who did all the running,” wrote a cheerful Haas on Instagram.

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Osaka looked completely fit and fine in the picture. She trained herself hard and was ready to do even more hard work with the former German player Haas. In a way, she also sent a warning to all her opponents that she was ready to take on every challenger at the upcoming Grand Slam.

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Naomi Osaka and her bond with Tommy Haas

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. |REUTERS

It is not the first time that the 23-year-old Osaka has trained with Tommy Haas. She even trained with the German before playing at the US Open 2020, and fans already know what happened there. She had even shared a picture of the two of them on Twitter back then.

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After the picture, Osaka fans will definitely feel the luck on their side this time. They will certainly like to forget the incident of last year where the 16-year-old Coco Gauff thrashed Osaka in straight sets.

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A return will definitely not be that easy for the World No.3 Naomi Osaka. She will be returning back to the court after a gap of almost 5 months. However, she would like to repeat her 2019 journey and win her second Australian Open title this time.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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