Naomi Osaka’s 2021 turned out to be a contrasting year. The Japanese started the season with the Australian title, but after Roland Garros, mental health became her biggest obstacle.
After passing through the Olympic Games, Osaka returned to Grand Slams to compete in the US Open, a tournament that she has managed to win twice in her short career, however, the Japanese faced in the third round one of the two young wonders of this tournament, the Canadian Leylah Fernandez, who would fall in the final before the other young surprise, Emma Raducanu.
After this, Naomi Osaka declared that she would seek take some time off, well the theme mental it still plagued her.
Thinking about the return
Although this occurred in early September, the four-time Grand Slams champion recently noted for the show The Shop, de HBO, that has regained the desire to play, implying that could soon return to the competition.
“I know that I will play again. And that return will probably be soon. I want to play again. I don’t care if I win or lose, I just want to enjoy the joy of getting back on the slopes ”, I declare Osaka. Despite these words, his return is not defined, so it is not yet known if it will have competition during this final stretch of the season, or if well, we will see it return to the tracks in a scenario like the Australian Open, where he will defend his crown achieved at the beginning of this 2021.
In addition, Osaka spoke about the change in his way of watching matches and competition, as what he previously enjoyed became his greatest source of stress. “I used to like competition and be competitive. If I played a long game, the longer it was, the more fun I had. However, I started to feel that the longer I played, the more stressed I became. I needed a break“.