‘Novak Djokovic Case Didn’t Affect Me’: Naomi Osaka Makes Honest Confession

Published 01/17/2022, 9:40 AM EST
Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic

In tennis, the hot topic of discussion for the past couple of weeks has been Novak Djokovic. The World No. 1 player was forced to leave Australia after having his visa canceled for the second time in the same week.  

Djokovic’s deportation became a contentious issue of discussion around the world. However, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka was unfazed by the entire episode and has her sights firmly set on tennis. 

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The Novak Djokovic situation has not bothered Naomi Osaka

Osaka felt that the controversy surrounding Novak was something that might have affected players on the men’s tour more. On the other hand, she is concentrating on having another successful season and is defending her title in Melbourne. 

Speaking on this subject, the four-time Grand Slam winner stated, To be completely honest the Djokovic situation didn’t affect me, maybe it did more with men’s players. My goal is to focus on myself more, I’m a tennis player and I focus on my matches.”

Ideal Start for the Japanese Superstar

Coming to tennis, Osaka won her opening round match today against Camila Osorio in straight sets. She will be up against American tennis player Madison Brengle in the next round. The Japanese tennis star is looking in good form and she also reached semi-final of Melbourne 1, before withdrawing due to injury.

Osaka and Djokovic both won the Australian Open last year in their respective singles categories, continuing their hardcourt dominance. However, Osaka’s season from that point onwards wasn’t ideal, as she revealed she had been struggling with mental health issues and decided to skip several important tournaments. 

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Tennis – WTA 250 – Melbourne Summer Set – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 4, 2022 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her round of 32 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Loren Elliott

For the moment, we wish Osaka the best of luck for the upcoming two weeks at the Australian Open 2022. What do you make of her comments about the Djokovic situation? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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