Naomi Osaka Aims to Pass Down Kobe Bryant’s Advice to Upcoming Players

Published 09/25/2021, 9:26 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after recording match point 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


On a show called Uninterrupted, Naomi Osaka opened up about her long time role model Kobe Bryant. Osaka opened up about her friendship with Bryant and how he acted as a mentor for her as she navigated life in the spotlight. The Lakers legend is an inspiration for many fans and athletes across the world.

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Naomi Osaka considered Kobe Bryant her role model

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Naomi Osaka has talked about her relationship with Kobe Bryant on several occasions. The Japanese player has always expressed her love for Bryant. In a recent interview with Uninterrupted, Osaka said, “I was really lucky to have Kobe as my mentor and I really love like everything that he passed down to me so I always feel like if there was a younger player that ever needed any advise from me, I would love to give it.”

Naomi Osaka was truly inspired by the legacy of Kobe Bryant. The four time Grand Slam champion also said that Kobe navigated her after she came under the lime light. She claimed Kobe helped her find the confidence back which she needed at the court to perform.

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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)

Recently. Naomi announced she will be withdrawing from BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The former US Open champion was knocked out in the third round of US Open 2021 by Leylah Fernandez of Canada. However, she has decided to continue her break and not participate at BNP Paribas Open. Th reason of the withdrawal is still unknown.

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Atri Bhatt

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

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