“Nothing I Regret About It”: Naomi Osaka Opens Up on Living Away From Her Family

Published 07/17/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks to media following her Women’s Singles third round defeat to Coco Gauff of the United States of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been amongst the top names in recent years. At the age of 23 years, she stands tall as a four-time Grand Slam winner. However, all those four titles have been won on the hard courts. 

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Recently, the Naomi Osaka documentary was released on Netflix. In the limited series, there are various aspects of the Japanese stars’ life that have been revealed. In one instance, she speaks about her living away from home and the effects it had on her. She also revealed that she missed her family. 

Tennis -WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her second road match against Jessica Pegula of U.S. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The 23-year-old stated, “I moved away from my family for work. And there’s nothing I regret about it. I feel like that’s also a process of growing up, but at the same time, you know, sometimes I feel lonely because there are activities that I want to do, and I couldn’t just imagine myself doing it without my sister but then there’s like no one here. I mean the only one that’s here sometimes is my boyfriend, and he doesn’t get active!”

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Naomi Osaka began the season on a great note

Reflecting on tennis, Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year. Prior to that, she lifted the US Open in the previous season. However, things have not gone according to the Japanese players’ plans in recent times. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Just before her opening round match at the French Open this year, Osaka revealed that she would not take part in post-match press conferences. Her decision was due to the fact she was dealing with mental illness. 

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After her decision wasn’t well-received by the audiences and the tennis world, she decided to withdraw from the tournament before her second-round match. She will be next seen representing her nation at the Tokyo Olympics 2o20. It will be interesting to see how she performs after a break away from the game. 

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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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