“Attention I Get Is Kind of Weird”: Naomi Osaka on Handling the Media

Published 07/18/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks to media following her Women’s Singles third round defeat to Coco Gauff of the United States of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


In the current generation, Naomi Osaka has displayed some sensational tennis in the women’s game. The Japanese star has won four Grand Slam titles in quick succession but her success extends even beyond the tennis courts. 

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A good indicator of her prominence was the fact that Netflix recently released a documentary on Naomi Osaka. In the short series, there have been many aspects revealed with regard to the Japanese athletes’ personal and professional life. During one of those instances, she confessed that she finds it hard to handle the attention from the media. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In the episode, the 23-year-old stated, “No one really knows all the sacrifices you make, just to be good. I think the amount of attention I get is kind of ridiculous. No one prepares you for that, you know. It’s really weird sometimes.” 

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Naomi Osaka has been dealing with issues in recent times

Not long ago during the French Open this season, Osaka decided to boycott the post-match press conferences. At that time, she was dealing with mental illnesses and it took a toll on her performances and basic attitude towards the game. Her decision wasn’t received well and prior to her second-round match, she withdrew from the tournament. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

After that, the Japanese player released a statement that she won’t be competing at the Wimbledon Championships this year. Although, she did reveal that she will be representing her nation at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. 

At the Olympic Games, she will be headlining the event along with compatriot Kei Nishikori. After that, she will look forward to the US Open Series, especially the US Open 2021. Flushing Meadows has been a place the Japanese star has enjoyed a fair amount of success. It will be interesting to see how she performs in the upcoming events. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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