“Going Into My Notes App and…”: Naomi Osaka Details How She Is Coping With Mental Struggles

Published 09/01/2021, 7:27 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after recording match point Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has been going through a rough past few months. Just before the French Open this year, she mentioned that she would not take part in any post-match press conferences. However, that decision received mixed reactions from people associated with the sport. 

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Recently, Naomi Osaka spoke on striving for perfection. However, she does feel that is not the correct way to think about moving forward. She does maintain that she wishes to change the way she thinks in this aspect. 

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan warms up before playing against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 4-time Grand Slam winner spoke on this and stated, “Honestly ever since I could remember I’ve been kind of going into my Notes app and posting how I feel. Usually, when I do that, I feel some sort of resolve. I think for me something that’s less than perfection, even though it might be something great, is a disappointment. I don’t really think that’s a healthy way of thinking.”

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Naomi Osaka wants to shrug aside recent troubles 

While speaking about being in New York at the US Open, she maintains that she wants to be happy and stated that although she won her match, she did not play as she wished. 

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Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan serves against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 23-year-old added, “So (that’s) something that I really wanted to change. In this tournament, I just want to be happy with, like, knowing that I did my best and knowing that even though I didn’t play perfectly I was able to win. It’s not really a tournament thing, it’s more like a living thing. Like I hope I can keep this mindset throughout my life going forward.”

At the moment, the Japanese star has booked a spot in the second round. We wish her the very best as she defends her title at the US Open this year. 

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Rohan Kollare

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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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