“Nervous”: Naomi Osaka Reveals Her Emotions Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/17/2021, 11:49 AM EST
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Naomi Osaka of Japan shows her frustrations in her semi final match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine during day seven of the 2019 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


World No.3 Naomi Osaka is now in Australia getting ready for the first Major of the season. The Japanese ace won the Australian Open back in 2019, but the 23-year-old is no stranger to nerves while playing Grand Slam matches.

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In an interview with Vogue, Osaka revealed that she is excited for the Aussie Open rather than being nervous. But she expects some chills when she plays the first round of the Grand Slam.

“Right now I’m excited because I’m training for it currently but maybe when I’m playing my first round, I’ll be a little bit nervous.”

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How does Naomi Osaka calm herself?

“I’ll probably be nervous when I get there. Maybe I’m not so sure. Usually I’m very excited for Grand Slams. But if I was nervous I would tell myself that everyone’s nervous. I don’t think there’s a player that isn’t nervous going into a Grand Slam.”

A few days back, Osaka reached Adelaide in North Australia for her mandatory quarantine. She is one of the eight high profile players staying in Adelaide. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian government has mandated a strict 14-day quarantine to foreign athletes, which played a part in pushing the Major to 8th February.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a point. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Aussie Open quarantine bubble has already seen controversies. Many players have now been denied practice because a COVID-19 positive passenger was present on their chartered flight. The players in Adelaide, including Osaka, have not been affected by this. Furthermore, some players have even complained about the food served during the quarantine.

Osaka has won the Australian Open before in 2019. And now, she finds herself to be a three-time Grand Slam champion. She is the reigning US Open champion. Yet the Japanese player remains tensed in her matches, and perhaps it is these tense moments that bring out the best in her.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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