Mixed doubles for Naomi Osaka at the US Open?

The last big appointment of the Slam season is about to arrive, with all the stars ready to take the court in Flushing Meadows

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Mixed doubles for Naomi Osaka at the US Open?

The last big appointment of the Slam season is about to arrive, with all the stars ready to take the court in Flushing Meadows. Doubts still remain about the presence of some tennis players at this edition of the US Open. Alexander Zverev said he wanted to and even be able to be present, but that his adventure in the United States could be short-lived given the difficult recovery from the ankle surgery.

Different speech, however, for Novak Djokovic, who awaits the official guidelines for entering the States as an unvaccinated. No surprise, however, seems to come from the female side of tennis, with all the most important players present.

Naomi Osaka is also back, champion in Flushing Meadows twice, in 2018 and 2020. The Japanese tennis player in this edition of the US Open wants to take a further step: also play the mixed doubles. With a tweet, however, she explained what problem could arise in finding a partner for this new adventure.

"I would like to play mixed doubles at the US Open because I've never played a full match in my life but I'm really afraid of disappointing my partner," she wrote on her social profile.

The social choice of the partner

Not having given her an explicit name for this mixed doubles, Twitter users thought about speculating for a sparkling couple.

From Daniil Medvedev, a person to blame for his lack of doubles skills, to Andy Murray, who had already made the proposal to Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon. Nick Kyrgios could not be missing: winner of the Australian Open doubles tournament paired with Kokkinakis, he would be the perfect partner for Osaka given the friendship that binds the two.

"I would say he's a very funny guy, very kind, and we talked about so many topics, albeit on a superficial level. When he came on the circuit, or when I got to see him, I always felt like, in a way, he was my brother," said the former world number one at the Miami tournament on the Canberra tennis player.

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