Naomi Osaka is one of the most popular athletes on the tennis scene and in Japan she is now a sports icon. Despite the victory of the Australian Open, this 2021 was really difficult for young Japanese star: the strong tennis player highlighted some mental health problems, especially due to obvious difficulties in dealing with the media.
Due to this, however, Osaka has earned the respect, even extra-sporting, of a large part of her colleagues. Three months after it all started, or immediately after Roland Garros, Osaka told particular details unknown to many.
Naomi Osaka on mental health
During an interview, the Japanese spoke to Women's Health magazine as follows. She said: "We live in a world where people speak and comment very quickly and everything is easy for them.
Silence is almost uncomfortable for them. Knowing that a gesture or action can change a life is really important to me. Of all the things I do I find that when I do my best to help others, it satisfies me a lot. I don't just want to be a person who plays tennis, I want to help other people and understand that athletes are still human beings like other people and we all have to deal with problems and in general with something in our life.
The music calms me down, I love artists like Beyonce and Rihanna and they are stimulating and uplifting." Osaka then also discussed the controversy with the media that has characterized her in recent months. She added: "I never wanted to train myself to talk to the media because I didn't I wanted to offer prepackaged answers and honestly to me it almost seemed like I wasn't talking."
The season of the Japanese was quite conditioned by this grueling struggle in the media; in order not to participate in the press conferences, Osaka withdrew in the second round of Roland Garros and decided to give up an important and historic tournament like that of Wimbledon. She came back to the Olympics and recently to the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati but her preparation is not yet optimal.