Naomi Osaka reveals what changed after motherhood

The Japanese woman talked about many times, including the new attitude she has with her colleagues

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Naomi Osaka reveals what changed after motherhood
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"Being a mother forced me to look at life differently. I know a lot of people probably think I retired that year, but it made me so much more grateful for the sport and, in turn, made me realize that there there are so many possibilities outside of tennis. I realized that I still love playing tennis." 

After last year's absence due to pregnancy, Naomi Osaka will return to play the Roland Garros, taking advantage of the protected ranking. The Japanese woman, in an interview with The Guardian, talked about how to balance private and professional life, explaining what changed after motherhood and the birth of her daughter Shai.

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Osaka then talked about her always being determined to reach new goals. "I've had this trait since I was little, but the people who get called crazy are usually the ones who do something really spectacular. My delusional trait is probably daydreaming and making up a scenario that I want to happen, and sometimes it does. I'm the type of person who wants things to happen quickly, but I understand that tennis has come a long way and that these are the best players in the world. She also helped me observe other mothers and how they developed their returns. I appreciate where I'm at now," she told.

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Osaka also talked about her newfound mental health. "I would definitely have done the typical tennis player thing, which was not talking to anyone and staying in an extremely dark hole. Now I try to communicate openly what I feel. The only way I know how to measure my success is through wins, and if I don't get them, I feel like I'm not doing well. But I played against some very good players, so hopefully the results will come little by little," she said.

"I'm doing my best, trying to make friends. I was walking around the city the other day and I find it very interesting to watch people. Everyone has their own things. Before I was in a bubble, I didn't notice or take the time to see what others were doing," said Osaka, explaining how she changed her attitude towards her colleagues.

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