‘I Have Always Had Bouts of Anxiety’: Naomi Osaka Opens Up on Preparations for Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/06/2021, 3:39 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Naomi Osaka had stirred up debate in the tennis world after her French Open withdrawal. Osaka left the tournament after the first round, citing mental health reasons as the problem. As a result, the Japanese star withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships as well.

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However, Osaka will be competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games later this month and has started her full-fledged preparations. The World No. 2 will be aiming for a podium finish in her homeland, after a dicey 2021 so far.

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

Naomi Osaka plans on giving a top performance at Tokyo Games

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Naomi Osaka is ready for the Olympic Games, as she plans on giving her best performance in Tokyo. She has had a difficult year, as a result of her struggles with depression and anxiety. However, the World No. 2 is ready to win some games at the Olympics, which were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

I am preparing myself little by little so I can be at the top of my game for the Olympics. Since getting the attention of the world, I’ve always had bouts of anxiety. This is especially the case in the lead up to big competitions,” said Osaka in an interview with NHK.

The Japanese star will be ready to perform in her homeland, after garnering so much attention from the world in June. The player will be hopeful of answering her critics with her performance, rather than with words.

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What happened in Paris?

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Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open due to her mental health issues. The Japanese national did not attend the mandatory post-match press conference; as a result, she was fined $15,000.

Osaka thought of the media interviews as detrimental to her mental health. As a result of her protest, the organizers threatened to disqualify her from the tournament.

Osaka is hopeful of having a good run at the Olympics, as she is ready to face the media again and give press conferences. The player spent a good time off the court with her friends and family, as she is looking to make an impactful comeback on July 23.

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