Naomi Osaka States How She Spends Time in the Bubble at the Miami Open 2021

Published 03/30/2021, 5:33 AM EDT
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


World No. 2 Naomi Osaka is currently in Miami, competing at the season’s first WTA 1000 event. The Japanese starlet is on an amazing 23-match winning streak. After her win today, she booked a spot in the quarterfinal round. At the moment, there isn’t a player who is as dominant as Naomi in the women’s game. 

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After her match, Naomi Osaka spoke about how she passes her time while living in the bubble. She explained that she watches Netflix and anime. She even specifically mentioned a show called The Queen’s Gambit. This is a show based on the game of chess and has received a great response from the audience. 

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 Osaka has been watching The Queen’s Gambit

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Speaking about her activities while living in the bubble, Osaka said, “I watch a lot of anime. I’ve been trying to find stuff on Netflix to watch. I was watching the Queen’s Gambit, but then for some reason, I didn’t finish it. I have two episodes left and I’m not sure why I stopped at that moment. But yeah, just a lot of TV watching.”

This season, most of the tournaments have been conducted with restrictions. It started with the Australian Open and now, even the Miami Open is being conducted with the players living in the bubble. While in the bubble, players are restricted from moving around freely and can only be in the vicinity of the hotel and on the courts where they play their matches. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her fourth round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have worked out a plan to minimize the spread of the virus. The number of fans has been restricted for this year’s edition. Only 800-1000 spectators are allowed to view the match on the center court, and matches conducted on the other courts have no spectators allowed at all. 

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Naomi began her season competing at the events in Melbourne. Later, at the Australian Open, she won her fourth Grand Slam title and climbed a spot in the rankings. As of today, she is the World No. 2 player and is three wins away from claiming her first title in Miami. 

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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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