“A Worthwhile Investment”: Naomi Osaka Follows the Path of Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas to Get Good Results

Published 04/23/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No. 2 Naomi Osaka is yet to begin her clay-court season. However, the Japanese star is training quite hard on green clay and will hope to perform well on that surface this time. She didn’t do well at the Miami Open 2021 and will want to turn the tables around in the clay-court season.

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In a recent interview, Naomi Osaka revealed the one activity on her daily schedule with which she tries to invest in herself. Interestingly, Osaka came up with a pretty surprising response.

Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a backhand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

“Maybe it’s not so unique these days but I always find some time to meditate and check in with myself. It feels like a worthwhile investment of time and then some!” said Osaka.

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The 4-time Grand Slam winner disclosed that she often likes to meditate and check in with herself. Even though she feels that it is no longer a unique concept these days, she feels that it is a great investment of time for her.

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Naomi Osaka is not alone when it comes to meditation

Fans have long known that World No. 1 Novak Djokovic often meditates to increase his concentration. It has really helped the Serbian legend to focus better and, in a way, has definitely helped him to improve his gameplay.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning his semi-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Recently, World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas also came forward and admitted that he has started meditating. In an interview, he mentioned that it was his sports psychologist, Kostas Pergantis, who helps him with breathing exercises and meditation.

Clearly, the result is visible as the Greek player recently won the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. On the other hand, Djokovic is already the No. 1 player and has won 18 Grand Slams in his career so far.

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Tsitsipas is currently playing at the Barcelona Open 2021. He’ll be up against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals today. Will he be able to win back-to-back titles on clay by conquering Barcelona this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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