New Mom Naomi Osaka’s Mental Health Struggles Revisited With a Hopeful Prophecy Ahead of Australian Open Comeback

Published 12/18/2023, 9:58 PM EST

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Witnessing a star make their comeback run has to be quite an intriguing situation. In a recent statement of his, former British tennis champ, Tim Henman shed light on Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka. She specifically talked about her exciting endeavors to make a stunning comeback in tennis. Henman spoke on a lot of things. However, his insights about Osaka’s said comeback became the highlight of the interview.

Osaka has stayed away from the sport for quite some time now. It is obvious that all eyes are stuck on her as she makes her way back to the sport. What he said about Osaka is definitely worth talking about. 

The excitement surrounding Naomi Osaka and her comeback


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Anticipation is a familiar companion in the sport of tennis. As the community eagerly awaits Osaka’s return, former tennis champ Tim Henman has shared his thoughts on what makes her comeback truly thrilling. With a casual demeanor and a hint of excitement, Henman emphasized the buzz surrounding Osaka’s resurgence. He acknowledged her past brilliance on the Grand Slam stage but delved into the challenges she faced. He focused particularly on the mental front. 

Henman expressed genuine excitement about Osaka’s return. He even recognized her tennis prowess  as well as the unique perspective she gained during her hiatus from the court. Henman’s words resonate as he highlights Osaka’s journey. He appreciates her not just as a tennis player, but as a mother too.  The mention of her newfound role adds a layer to the narrative, emphasizing the transformative power of life experiences.


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According to Henman, this shift in perspective could provide Osaka with the mental foundation needed for a successful return to the court. In his words: “I really hope that it gives her the platform, the sort of foundation mentally, to go out on the court and compete and perhaps understand that, yes, she’s going to try her hardest and she’s going to play her best tennis, but it’s not the most important thing in the world.”

He went further to say: “I think it’s massively exciting to have Osaka coming back because she just played such incredible tennis in the Slams.” Henman noted his words as a prediction for what lies ahead. He touched on her struggles and the potential impact of motherhood on her mindset. It seems like Henman’s hope for Osaka is clear. He wants her to embrace the freedom to play with joy. 


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Osaka’s determined comeback at the Australian Open

As the world eagerly awaits Osaka’s return, the spotlight has been intensified on her unwavering determination. Especially to make a resounding comeback, with the upcoming Australian Open as a pivotal stage. Tim Henman, in his candid assessment, perfectly highlighted Osaka’s commitment to giving her all for this return.

The crucial role of the Australian Open is to solidify her resurgence in the tennis circuit. Osaka’s dedication is fueled by a desire to rediscover the joy of playing. At least that’s what Henman has speculated so far. The tournament becomes not just a competition but a symbolic battleground for her triumphant return to top-tier tennis. 


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Osaka’s comeback journey naturally unfolds as a compelling tale of resilience and the pursuit of excellence. However, whether she will make a stunning comeback or not is a question worth asking. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments. 

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Written by:

Charrvi Singh


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Charrvi Singh, a dedicated writer at EssentiallySports, brings four years of professional writing experience coupled with a BA degree in applied psychology. This unique blend not only enhances her coverage of off-court pieces but also allows her to delve into the sentiment of names like Naomi Osaka & Simona Halep. Recognized for her academic prowess, Charrvi received the Best Research Paper Award at an ICSSR-sponsored seminar in 2022.
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Ananya Giri