Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has admitted "not every day is perfect" but she is giving her best to improve her mental health and live a healthy and happy life. 12 months ago at the French Open, Osaka opened up about her battle with depression and anxiety.
Since then, Osaka has become a major advocate for athletes' mental health. "I'm not going to lie, it's not like everyday is being perfect," Osaka told reporters when speaking about her struggles with mental health, as quoted on Tennis Up To Date.
"I talk to my therapist at least once a week and I just try to be more open to things. Say something happens that kind of throws me off my groove, I try to see it from a different perspective. I was talking to my therapist about that, being more open to all the possibilities.
"I would say that filtering the negativity from a minority is something that I'm getting better at doing. I'm doing mental exercises to focus on the positive. Also, Osaka explained that she is staying away from Twitter because "it is way more negative than Instagram."
Osaka on the Indian Wells incident
Osaka was brought to tears by a heckler during her Indian Wells second round match versus Veronika Kudermetova. Osaka was visibly distraught and upset and he ended up losing in straight sets to Kudermetova.
After the incident, Osaka started talking to a therapist. "Even though I really hated the experience, I'm glad it happened to me. Indian Wells was one of those moments. I wish it didn't happen but I'm glad it did," Osaka said.
Osaka bounced back impressively from the Indian Wells incident as she reached the Miami final in her next tournament played. Osaka is now aiming to have a big clay season. Clay is Osaka's weakest surface but she has been working hard in recent weeks to improve her clay game.