“Have Become Desensitized”: Naomi Osaka on Difference Between Press Conferences and Fashion Magazine Interviews

Published 09/02/2021, 11:15 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan prepares to play Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Few have understood the difference between Naomi Osaka in front of a press conference and posing for magazine covers. Essentially, while the Japanese World No.3 is uncomfortable talking to the press, she does not mind the publicity of magazine covers. Therefore, she explained the contrast between the two after her US Open 2021 opening-round win.

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Primarily, Osaka stated that the fashion shoots are a learning experience for her. On the contrary, she added that she has become “desensitized” to talking in press conferences. In addition, the reigning US Open champion expressed how sometimes the Zoom calls give her “bad energy.”

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Naomi Osaka on her different attitude for press conferences and fashion shoot

First of all, Osaka explained that she likes to see fashion magazines, and being in one is something a tennis player rarely gets to do. Then, she added the learning perspective of it.

“For me, I love learning from those experiences because usually when you do Vogue or something, you can meet the designer or meet the head of the house. That’s like a cool experience for me,” Osaka said.

Comparatively, the four-time Grand Slam champion opened up on her feelings about press conferences. She, however, emphasized more on the current scenario.

“I think press conferences like these, I’ve become really desensitized to it because I’ve been doing them since I was really young. I feel like there are moments, especially like during the Zoom calls, where I just feel like I’m sitting in front of a screen taking questions,” Osaka continued.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Additionally, Osaka mentioned that it is hard for her to speak, as she prefers seeing people’s expressions. “When someone joins a Zoom that I don’t know, and I feel like they’re giving me really bad energy. I feel like I have to put multiple guards up,” she said.

Conclusively, the Japanese professional said that “doing the magazine stuff and then doing press conferences are two completely different things” for her. However, she acknowledged the question earnestly.

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Who will Osaka meet next in the US Open 2021?

As per the draw, Osaka will take on 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez in the third round. Afterward, if she wins, she might face either Elina Svitolina or Simona Halep in the pre-quarters.

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Do you think Osaka will successfully defend her US Open title? Stay tuned.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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