Lindsay Davenport reveals positive news she has heard regarding Naomi Osaka

Last year, Osaka took a break twice to focus on her mental health.

by Dzevad Mesic
Lindsay Davenport reveals positive news she has heard regarding Naomi Osaka

Former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport reveals she has heard Naomi Osaka is now doing much better and she is happy for the Japanese. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, abruptly pulled out of last year's French Open to focus on her mental health.

At the French Open, Osaka opened on battling depression and anxiety for years. Osaka also broke down in tears following her surprise third round loss at the US Open. Osaka didn't play any events in the rest of 2021 as she again wanted to focus on her mental health.

"I’ve heard she’s in a wonderful place, a much better space than she was last year, and that she’s excited to get back out and competing,” Davenport told Reuters.

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"That’s a really tough one to start off with, and Osaka is going to have to be ready to go," added Davenport. “I think she was a little disappointed with how Australia went and that she’s pretty motivated, but it’s going to take a lot of work”.

Recently, Osaka reflected on her decision to open up about mental health and take a break after the US Open. "Just saying out loud that I'll take a break and I will come back when I am truly in love with the sport and I know what I want to do here...

it gave me time to reset myself," Osaka said. "I think it was important for me to be public, because I would always feel the need to put my thoughts out there. I think it gives me more clarity. I feel like being honest to everyone is really important." Osaka has plummeted to No. 78 in the world but there is no doubt that she is still one of the best players on the Tour.

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