- Naomi Osaka stated she’ll take an indefinite break from tennis, and did not know when she’ll return.
- Osaka gained the Australian Open in February, however withdrew from the French Open, and skipped the Wimbledon event.
- Osaka aimed to prioritize her psychological well being, saying beforehand she was “scared” of the media and “desensitized” to her personal success.
After a tumultuous season, together with a number of opens and a summer time Olympic games, tennis star Naomi Osaka is able to step away from the game — no less than for now.
“I feel I’ll take a break rom enjoying for some time,” Osaka stated at a US Open press convention on Friday, holding again tears.
The Ladies’s US Open defending champion misplaced in a 3rd spherical match in opposition to Canadian Leylah Fernandez. In the course of the match, Osaka threw her racket to the court docket, took an prolonged toilet break, and was given a warning after hitting a ball into the stands.
“Just lately, like, after I win, I do not really feel blissful. I really feel extra like a aid,” Osaka continued. “After which after I lose, I really feel very unhappy. I do not assume that is regular.”
The press moderator tried to chop the press convention brief, however Osaka went on to deal with the remaining query.
Osaka has confronted a number of private challenges this previous 12 months, expressing remorse over a loss for Japan at the Olympics, dealing with self-criticism that she is “by no means adequate,” and, controversially, withdrawing from a Grand Slam competition to deal with her well-being after being fined $15,000 for declining to talk to the media.
Regardless of ranking as the No. 3 female tennis player and being the highest-paid female athlete in history, Osaka has been public about her struggles with mental health — notably when it got here to her strenuous relationship with the press.
“I really feel like I am type of at this level the place I am attempting to determine what I wish to do,” Osaka stated. “And I do not know when I’ll play my subsequent tennis match.”
Neither Osaka nor her crew have confirmed or denied whether or not she is going to observe by way of with the indefinite break.
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