Bartoli on Naomi Osaka: "It's hard to play when you can only win"

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Bartoli on Naomi Osaka: "It's hard to play when you can only win"

Naomi Osaka's 2021 certainly experienced a whirlwind of emotions. The Japanese champion won the Australian Open 2021 dominating and offering great tennis, but subsequently the former world number one was the victim of quite difficult situations related to her mental health.

Naomi withdrew from the Roland Garros after a confrontation with the media and after admitting to having problems with her mental health and also in subsequent tournaments and in the last US Open she admitted that the situation has not improved.

Osaka fell in Flushing Meadows, she admitted she didn't like defeat and at the same time she confessed she couldn't even cheer at the victories. Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli several times in the past has sided with the problems that a professional tennis player faces every day.

Bartoli spoke to the microphones of Tennis Majors and commented on the situation that Naomi is experiencing, fresh from the bad defeat in New York against Leylah Fernandez.

Marion Bartoli on the situation of Naomi Osaka

Here are her words: "It is one thing to take the court knowing that you have nothing to lose, another is to do it when you have won four Grand Slams, you get over 50 million sponsorships every year and you have to prove that you are worth that money, you have to do it.

in every match you play." Bartoli made a comparison between Osaka and the two US Open finalists, aged 18 and 19 year-old, respectively: "They are totally different ways of approaching the match, it's easy to say but it's impossible for a tennis player like Naomi to face the match without no pressure like 17-18 year-olds do.

When you represent so many things and when you are the face of such prestigious brands, the only thing that satisfies you is victory. And more than satisfaction and happiness, all of this gives you relief because you know you have not disappointed anyone.

They don't pay you to go out in the first three rounds, they only pay you to win Grand Slams and so you feel like you no longer play for yourself but only for those who make money thanks to you on the tennis courts."