Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the French Open in the first round on Monday, 12 months after her controversial exit from the tournament.
The error-stricken Japanese star lost 6-5, 6-4 to Amanda Anisimova of the United States, making eight double faults and 29 unforced errors.
Former world number one and four-time major winner Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros in 2021 when he refused to honor binding media promises before revealing he was suffering from depression.
Osaka was fined and threatened with a Grand Slam ban for opposing the press conference, which he likened to “kicking people when they’re down.”
“It’s hard to see Naomi Osaka in the first round so I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” said 26th seed Anisimova.
“I knew I had to play my best tennis and the situation wasn’t easy.”
Court Suzanne Langlen had four breaks in the first six games, on a cold, damp day.
Osaka, who never made it to the third round in Paris, briefly led 5-4 but collapsed for the third time in the 11th game behind their fourth double fault.
Anisimova, the 27th seed who finished defending the Australian Open title at the Osaka in January, served it out of love as the Japanese star was left to regret his 17 unintentional mistakes.
Osaka, defending an injury to his left ankle with tape that forced him to sit out of the Italian Open, broke again in the seventh game of the second set.
Anisimova, who reached the semifinals in 2019, secured the win in the third match point with a sharp forehand under the line.
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