“Compressed for Me”: Naomi Osaka on Taking a Break From Tour Post Australian Open 2021

Published 04/30/2021, 5:43 AM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a backhand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 2 Naomi Osaka is one of the most prominent names in the women’s game. There has not been a single player in recent years to enjoy success as much as the Japanese starlet has achieved. She has enjoyed tremendous success off the tennis courts as well. 

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Recently, Naomi Osaka spoke on wanting to take a break from the Tour. In recent months, she has played a number of tournaments, and because of the pandemic and COVID-19 protocols, has had to live under restrictions. After being in Australia for more than a month, she went to Miami to play and faced circumstances similar to what she faced in Australia. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Naomi stated, “Yeah, I felt like I needed it because after Australia I had, like, one day of rest, then I immediately started working. It wasn’t tennis, but other stuff. For me, I just felt like the hardcourt swing, the Australian hard-court swing, plus Miami, was kind of compressed for me.”

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Naomi Osaka has not met her family since Christmas last year

The Japanese player has done a lot of traveling recently. She had just a day off before heading to Florida. The recent activities have taken a toll on the 23-year-old and have left her feeling a bit overwhelmed. She has not met her family since Christmas last year, and she now wants to spend time with them.

The Japanese superstar further added, “I didn’t really have time to see my family because I haven’t seen them since Christmas before I went down to Florida. I just wanted to spend time with them and chill out a little bit.”

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka after winning her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

In the current season, Osaka competed at the Australian Open and lifted her fourth Grand Slam title. After that, she traveled to Miami and unfortunately ended her 23-match winning streak. 

Now that the focus has shifted towards the clay-court tournaments, she is expected to play at the Mutua Madrid Masters. The event will be played from the coming week onwards. 

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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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