Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka recalled watching Jo-Wilfried Tsonga go against Gael Monfils at the Miami Masters and wanting to get an autograph. Tsonga and Monfils clashed at the Miami Masters in 2015. Back then, Monfils claimed a straight-set win over Tsonga.
"I know that I was like watching Monfils and Tsonga in the Miami Open because I lived in Florida, and everyone would rush to the gate as soon as Tsonga finished, so I couldn't get an autograph. But it was just really cool watching him play," Osaka said, per Reem Abulleil.
Also, Osaka revealed she watched the Mardy Fish documentary. In the documentary, Fish opened on his mental health and battles with anxiety. "There's a lot of things he described & the way he told his story I thought was really, really cool.
I also think that maybe if I watched it when I was younger, it would have altered a bit of the stress and pressure that I would put on myself," Osaka said of the Fish documentary.
Osaka makes a positive start to the season
Osaka, ranked at No.
13 in the world, has been through to the quarterfinal at the Melbourne Summer Set. Osaka broke down in tears at the US Open and she is playing her first tournament since September. Osaka revealed her goal is to never again cry in the pressroom.
“I only really have one major goal this year, and it’s completely unrelated to results and stuff like that,” Osaka said. “For me, I just want to feel like every time I step on the court I’m having fun.
I can walk off the court knowing that even if I lost, I tried as hard as I could. Also I have a goal in the pressroom, that I’m never going to cry again, so hopefully that works out in my favour."