“It Makes Me Want to Copy Her Attitude”: Naomi Osaka Inspiring Japanese Wheelchair Tennis Player

Published 09/22/2021, 3:16 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 14: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning match point in her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day seven of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka is an inspiration to millions across the globe. Notably, fans have always admired her, whether it’s for her exquisite playing style or for raising awareness about players’ mental health. Recently, the four-time major’s winner shared a heartfelt video of a young fan, looking up to the icon she is.

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Naomi Osaka has been a pioneer in tennis’ development and its future in her home country. Hence, in a heartwarming video, a young wheelchair tennis player expressed her admiration for the youth icon, opening up on Naomi’s impact on her life. Notably, Naomi shared the same, in awe of the kind words she received.

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Naomi Osaka shares heartwarming video

The young athlete opened up on Osaka’s on-court demeanor and how she tries to emulate the same whenever she can. She expressed how the Japanese international helps her enlighten the energy she needs to thrive on the court.

“When I watch Naomi Osaka, it makes me want to copy her attitude of how she tackles challenges and it always triggers me to deep-dive my search,” she conveyed in the video.

Naomi Osaka has long been regarded as a role model for young children, particularly aspiring athletes. The Japanese superstar has won four grand slam titles and aims at taking this tally higher, as she hopes to return to the court, following her disappointing performance at the US Open 2021.

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Naomi Osaka returned to the Flushing Meadows after withdrawing from the French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. The two-time US Open winner got off to a blazing start against Marie Bouzkova. She received a walkover in the second round of the tournament due to an injury suffered by Olga Danilovic.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan looks dejected during her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

However, finalist Leylah Fernandez eventually knocked her out of the tournament in the third round. Although she was one set up, the Japanese couldn’t convert it into a victorious triumph. The final score recorded was 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, in favor of Fernandez.

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Post her shock defeat, Naomi announced she would take a break from the sport. As her return remains uncertain at the moment, fans hope for her sabbatical to end soon, and have the champion return to her winning ways.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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