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Naomi Osaka Returns To Competition At The Tokyo Olympics After Mental Health Break
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Naomi Osaka Returns To Competition At The Tokyo Olympics After Mental Health Break


TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka will play China's 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament in her first match in nearly two months.

The second-seeded Osaka, who represents host Japan and is one of the top names at the Games, is returning to action after withdrawing from the French Open after the first round to focus on her mental health.

Osaka leads Zheng 2-1 in their career.

Osaka's first seeded opponent could be No. 16 Kiki Bertens, who is playing her final tournament of her career, while Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, is a possible quarterfinal opponent.

Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the men's draw, will face No. 139 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the first round.

Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to complete a Golden Slam by winning all four major tennis tournaments as well as an Olympic gold medal in the same year.

After winning the Australian and French Opens to start the year, Djokovic recently won Wimbledon for his 20th Grand Slam title.

The draws were held on Thursday, two days before play on Ariake Tennis Park's hard courts begins.

Andy Murray, the two-time defending Olympic champion, faces Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada, who is ranked 15th and seeded ninth.

Kei Nishikori of Japan will face fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev of ROC in another intriguing first-round match.

Second seed Daniil Medvedev faces Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in the first round, while third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Half of the top ten men's players are missing from Tokyo, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, and Denis Shapovalov, who are all absent for various reasons.

Serena Williams and Simona Halep have also opted out of competing.

Ash Barty, the reigning Wimbledon champion, will make her Olympic debut for Australia against Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.

Storm Sanders and Barty are also playing doubles.

On Saturday, the game will begin.

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