The last tournament officially played by Naomi Osaka in 2020 was that of the US Open, in which she overtook Misaki Doi, Camila Giorgi, Marta Kostjuk, Anett Kontaveit, Shelby Rogers and Jennifer Brady in order, before defeating Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in three sets in the final.
It was the third Slam the young Japanese had won in her career, after the US Open 2018 and the Australian Open 2019. "She discovered that she is a person who needs to take some breaks and be patient," said Yutaka Nakamura her athletic trainer, at mainichi.jp.
"There are players who are afraid of slowing down their career by optimizing their efforts, but she knows how to keep away from tennis without losing sight of her physical condition. She is a very disciplined young woman who knows how to find the right balance between mental disconnection and maintaining an athletic condition.
It is something that usually costs tennis players a lot, but Naomi has a big advantage. She is also very humble and has other occupations than tennis."
Nakamura reveals Naomi Osaka's main ambition in 2021
Talking about the new season, Nakamura said: "I have spoken to her on several occasions about her great dream of winning Olympic gold in Tokyo 2021.
There are not many opportunities during a professional career to achieve great Olympic results, she knows she could have at most three, in full condition, at the Games. This is why we will make sure that she will be well prepared."
Naomi has never participated in the Olympics: those in Tokyo will be her first. Today at number 3 in the world, the Japanese was also number 1 in the WTA for 25 weeks. 2020 ended with the cancellation of the October Finals: Australian Ashleigh Barty, winner of 2019 over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, will once again defend the title next year.
Talking about the court, the greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka herself, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer will not play the Happy Slam, to well recover from the two surgeries of 2020: he will come back only at the end of February/beginning of March 2021.