NAOMI OSAKA has Virtual Insanity on her mind as she chases a first title since revealing mental health demons.
The Japan star will face Poland’s Iga Swiatek in the Miami Open final in Florida.
Japanese ace Naomi Osaka benefits from unusual music tips by her coachCredit: Rex
Jamiraquai front man Jay Kay is now in the ear of of world No77 Naomi OsakaCredit: Getty – Contributor
Osaka – ranked 77th in the world – is eyeing her first success since lifting the 2021 Australian Open.
It was last summer that the 24-year-old first mentioned her issues off-court and how she was seeking help.
And randomly her music playlist includes songs from the award-winning UK funk band Jamiroquai, who are fronted by popular showman Jay Kay.
Osaka said: “My coach Wim Fissette has been recommending me some songs. And there is this guy that he recommended me.
“His name is Jamiroquai. There is this really good song called Virtual Insanity.
“Wim played it in the car and I was like, Oh, that’s really good.”
Osaka, who took time off tennis last year, added: “I wear headphones on court because it gives me an excuse to not interact with someone if I don’t want to!
“That sounds bad. I don’t really know a lot of people.
“So I either tend to look on the ground, or if I look forward, I have to put my headphones on – it’s just like this barrier thing that I do.
“It’s also a comfort thing for me because I actually do listen to music when I’m walking around. For me, for some reason, it sets a tone.
“I have a play list that’s called ‘Sad’. It’s a bunch of songs that the melodies are kind of slow and affects my mood a little bit.”
Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev has missed out on the chance to overtake Novak Djokovic as world No.1 after losing to defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in the Miami Open quarter-finals.
The Russian struggled with the hot and humid conditions, saying: “I was feeling super dizzy, tired, and there was this long game where I couldn’t serve any more.
“In the locker room I was cramping quite a lot.
“I was sitting down, really tired, and then suddenly every muscle just went cramp, cramp, cramp, cramp. I was like a fish on the sofa.”
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