“My Soul and Reflection of Who I Am”: Naomi Osaka on Her Latest Netflix Docuseries

Published 07/16/2021, 11:26 PM EDT
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Thirteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


At 23, Naomi Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion and has become the voice of Generation Z. By now, the entire world already recognises her as among the greatest tennis players of all time. However, not many know of the battle that goes on outside the tennis court.

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Recently, the Japanese star shared her journey from a child to a tennis sensation in the LeBron James produced Netflix documentary series ‘Naomi Osaka: Playing By Her Own Rules.’ Therein, she takes the viewer through the roller-coaster ride she has been on since she first held a tennis racquet.

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Moreover, Osaka has put her heart into making it as it captures the real her and not the tennis star. Thus, she is more anxious about the outcome of the series compared to a competitive tennis match.

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Naomi Osaka “excited/anxious” about people watching her Netflix docuseries

Only recently released, the audience has received the Osaka docuseries well. But since it’s the early days, she penned down a nervy message to fans about how much it means to her. Firstly, the 23-year-old mentioned its timing given her fallout from the French Open over media pressure.

“So this had been in the process for the past 2 1/2 years,” Osaka began. “In light of everything that happened recently, I was terrified of this being released. This isn’t like a tennis match where I win or lose, and from there, people can say whether I did well or not. This is a look into my life from certain time periods, and I can’t fight the feeling of wondering how will it be received.”

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

Furthermore, the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion expressed her feelings about the film.

“This is in some ways my soul and a reflection of who I am,” Osaka continued. “I hope there are pieces that people can relate to and maybe other pieces that would help people understand why I make the choices I make.”

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Besides, Osaka clarified that the goal of it is not to “please people.” Yet, she is “excited/nervous” for everyone to see it and enjoy it.

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Tennis-wise, the Japanese star will represent her country at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Unquestionably, winning a medal at this stage of her career would mean the world to Naomi Osaka. Above all, fans are eager to see her tennis side very soon.

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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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