Naomi Osaka Gives a Shoutout to Squid Game’s Cast

Published 10/03/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 14: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning match point in her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day seven of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Naomi Osaka started the year 2021 by claiming her second Australian Open title in her career. The Japanese star then decided to withdraw from both the French Open and Wimbledon, stating mental health concerns. However, Osaka was back at the Flushing Meadows. After cruising in the first and second round, the four-time Grand Slam champion lost against the Canadian prodigy Leylah Fernandez in the third round of the US Open.

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Presently, Naomi Osaka has taken a break from tennis. She prefers to spend her time off the tennis court binge-watching famous television series. Recently, she shared a picture of lead actors from a thrilling Korean Netflix show named “Squid Game”. Squid Game, a South Korean survival drama that was just launched on Netflix, has taken the world by storm.

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Naomi Osaka is binge-watching TV shows

The four-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka is currently on her break from tennis. Her last appearance was at the US Open 2021, where she got knocked out in the third round. Despite trailing behind by one set, Leylah Fernandez gracefully won the contest against the experienced Osaka.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar

Osaka recently shared a picture to her Instagram story featuring lead actors of the Korean TV show “Squid Game”. The show is gaining a lot of attention, as the former World No.1 has posted its picture. The prominent actors featured in the post from Netflix’s Squid Game included Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo, and Jung Ho-Yeon. It is evident that the Japanese star appears to enjoy binge-watching when she’s off the court.

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Osaka opens up on her decision to take a break

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After withdrawing from French Open and Wimbledon, Naomi Osaka finally set her foot at US Open 2021. After getting off to a good start in the first two rounds, Osaka’s chase for the title was crumbled by the Canadian star Leylah Fernandez. Fernandez elegantly won an exciting three-set match in the third round.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada, right, shakes hands with Naomi Osaka Osaka of Japan after a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

She has been open about wanting to take a break and she shared her views candidly on a talk show named “The Shop: Uninterrupted”, she said, “For sure I love the sport. I know I’m gonna play again, probably soon because I kind of have that itch again. But it wouldn’t really matter to me if I won or lost. I’d just have the joy of being back on the court. Just to, like, you know, that I’m doing it for myself.”

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It seems Naomi Osaka has taken the much-needed break to gather her thoughts. However, fans hope the former World No.1  will come back stronger very soon.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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