Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has hinted that she will soon return to the Tour. Osaka, who has fallen to No. 7 in the rankings due to her inactivity, last played at the US Open. Osaka, a two-time US Open champion, suffered a shock loss to Leylah Fernandez in the third round at Flushing Meadows.
After the match, Osaka revealed there was no joy and happiness in winning matches as she revealed that the only thing he gets from her wins is a relief that she won. Osaka brown down in tears following the Fernandez loss and said she would take another break from tennis.
"You know, I’ve been playing tennis since I was three years old,” Osaka said on HBO’s ‘The Shop’. “For sure I love the sport. I know I’m gonna play again, probably soon because I kind of have that itch again.
“But it wouldn’t really matter to me if I won or lost. I’d just have the joy of being back on the court. Just to, like, you know, that I’m doing it for myself”.
Osaka wants to play for herself and enjoy her time on the court
Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion and one of the most popular players on the Tour.
As her fame and popularity grew, Osaka started to feel more and more pressure. “I started to feel like that power was being taken away from me,” said the 23-year-old. “I wasn’t playing to make myself happy and I was more concerned about what would people say about me.
“I used to love the competition and just being competitive. Like if I were to play a long match, the longer it was the more fun it was for me. “And then I just started to feel – recently – the longer it was the more stressed out I became. But I just needed a break to go within myself”.