‘I Felt Bad’- Brooks Koepka Has Crucial Advice for Naomi Osaka After Watching Her Documentary

Published 09/15/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after winning her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar


Brooks Koepka is as open and straightforward as it gets. He doesn’t hold back on what he thinks and it’s because of this that people either love him, or hate him.

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In a recent interview with the Golf Digest magazine, Koepka opened up about a lot of things. He spoke of his fiercely competitive nature, overtaking Tiger Woods’ record, and also commented on Naomi Osaka’s latest documentary.

Sep 2, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

‘Naomi Osaka’ is an American documentary series based on the life of the Japanese tennis superstar. When Brooks Koepka was asked if he had seen the documentary which aired on Netflix, he replied in the affirmative. Further, he revealed his thoughts on it.

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Koepka urges Naomi to be the ‘authoritative figure’

In his recent interview, Koepka recollects the scene when Osaka’s trainer asks her to sit down and just talk, to which Osaka says, “I don’t really have a voice.” Referring to when she calls herself a vessel, he said, “I felt bad for her… Sometimes you have to be strong enough to have that voice inside yourself and be the authoritative figure. Sometimes you have to sit back, listen and take the criticism.” 

 

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Recalling Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo’s quote, “When you’re thinking about the past, that’s ego,” Koepka had more advice for young Osaka. He said, “When you start thinking of mistakes or screw ups or how you missed that shot or this shot, that’s just your ego being hurt. If you keep staying in the present, you’re fine. The other part of it is that you can’t look too far into the future. There’s a fine little balance in there.”

‘No hobbies or friends,’ Brooks Koepka says of Osaka

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He was asked how he stays balanced in a world where we’re surrounded by mechanisms that always remind us of the past. Brooks Koepka said, “You have to be strong enough on the inside to say, that’s just one day in my whole life. That’s not me. Your sport can’t define you.” 

This reminds him of Osaka and he says, “She didn’t seem to have any hobbies or friends to keep her grounded.” 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning after her Women’s Singles third round match against Cori Gauff of the United States on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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