Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is planning to arrive in Japan days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics from her base in the United States, a source close to the matter said Monday.
The source said Osaka, who resumed training in late June, will prepare for her games debut by arriving in Japan before July 19 when Ariake Tennis Park, the Olympic venue, will be made available for practice. The tennis tournaments at the Olympics start on the 24th.
Osaka withdrew from the French Open in late May after skipping a press conference and being threatened with disqualification, later revealing her battle with depression. She has not taken part in the Wimbledon championships currently under way.
The source said she will get full support from her accompanying staff, coach Wim Fissette, physical coach Yutaka Nakamura and her trainer Natsuko Mogi, during the Olympics.