Former world No. 4 James Blake has urged Naomi Osaka to do what is best for her and return to the court happy. Osaka, ranked at No. 3 in the world, suffered a shock US Open third round exit as world No. 73 Leylah Annie Fernandez claimed a 5-7 7-6 (2) 6-4 win over the Japanese.
After the match, Osaka broke down in tears and revealed she has been feeling anxious and added that winning just doesn't bring her happiness and joy anymore. "Please do what is best for you Naomi Osaka. We want to see your extraordinary tennis again, but more importantly, we want to see you happy," Blake tweeted.
Osaka to take a break from tennis
"This is very hard to articulate. Basically I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match.
Sorry," Osaka said in her press conference, per the Irish Examiner. “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while. “How do I go around saying this? I feel like for me recently when I win I don’t feel happy.
I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal. I didn’t really want to cry”. Osaka was visibly upset after failing to serve out for the match in the second set, throwing her racket and being frustrated.
"I’m really sorry about that. I’m not really sure why. I felt like I was pretty…I was telling myself to be calm, but I feel like maybe there was a boiling point," Osaka suspected. “Like normally I feel like I like challenges.
But recently I feel very anxious when things don’t go my way, and I feel like you can feel that. I’m not really sure why it happens the way it happens now. “You could kind of see that. I was kind of like a little kid”.