“Level 50 of Tennis”: Naomi Osaka Wishes to Balance Out Her Life with Professional Tennis

Published 12/23/2020, 6:00 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a point in her quarter final match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during day five of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 10, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


The Japanese professional Naomi Osaka is one of the key figures in women’s tennis today. Etching her name over 3 Grand Slam trophies, the 23 years-old is currently at the Number 3 position in the world. However, the US Open champion believes she is lagging in everything else besides tennis.

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Naomi came in the limelight when she defeated Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open finals in straight-sets. She even collected the following 2019 Australian Open title becoming the first Asian to hold the World No. 1 rank.

“Want to become knowledgeable”: Naomi Osaka

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates in her Women’s Semi-Final match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 11 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Despite losing her top spot, the Japanese player has never lost the attention of the tennis world. Hence, it is not tennis that bothers her, but the world outside of the sport. Osaka aims to equal her life skills with her tennis skills.

“I used to think that everything depended on the game, and now I sort of understand that you have to find balance,” World No. 3 said. “I want to become knowledgeable, to have a vast understanding of things, or even lots of tiny things that amount to one big thing. I want to be a nice person to everyone I meet.”

Naomi has openly mentioned that she is neither an outgoing person nor does have many friends on tour. But it is not just a social life, but rather a comprehension of the multi-verse that the Japanese-born is looking for. Hopefully, next year will bring her ample opportunities to achieve her personal goals.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Failing to defend her Australian Open title this year, Osaka will want to get that back in 2021. Along with the Grand Slam hunt, she will also have an eye on the top spot in WTA rankings. But her premier priority is working on her personal life.

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Naomi explained, “This is putting it in video-game terms, but I think the me right now is sort of at the level 50 of tennis, and everything else in my life is at level five or six. I want to even out my levels.”

One special thing about the Japanese player is that her commitment towards her goals is in indisputable. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise to see a new Naomi in 2021. As far as tennis is concerned, she will be as fierce as ever.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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