Naomi Osaka Opens Up About Her Biggest Fear and More

Published 04/06/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka talks to the media at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


It is impossible to be a part of the tennis community and be a stranger to Naomi Osaka. However, it is also true that fans don’t know much about Osaka outside of the sport. Thus, it is time to take a deep dive into the world of the 23-year-old.

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Japanese World No. 2 Naomi Osaka recently won her second Australian Open title at the start of the season. It was her fourth Grand Slam title of her career so far. Looking at her many accolades, her love for tennis is obvious. But what else does she love?

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Naomi Osaka reveals lesser-known facts about her personal life

In a recent interview with the US Weekly, Naomi Osaka answered 25 things fans did not know about her.

Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a backhand against Elise Mertens of Belgium (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

However, one answer that stood out from the rest was about her biggest fear. The 23-year-old Japanese is often carrying a lot on her mind, and her answer proved so. “My biggest fear is disappointing people,” Naomi said.

Considering her on and off-court activities, the young Japanese player is far from disappointing anybody. Instead, she has only been gaining tremendous love and following from all around the world.

Osaka also revealed that she loves plain vanilla ice cream without any toppings. “Nothing can top a plain bowl in my eyes,” she justified. Speaking about her other likes, the former World No. 1 expressed her love for cooking. She said, “I really love cooking. I got to experiment with it during quarantine – and it just made me love it even more.”

She also seems to have a penchant for music and said that she would always be star-struck by American singer-songwriter Beyoncé.

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What else does Naomi Osaka like?

Osaka said that she wanted to become a tennis player right from the beginning and admitted having Serena Williams and Billie Jean King’s pictures on her wall.

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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

Her favorite tennis memories have happened in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. “[There’s] something about being in New York — it’s just a cool atmosphere,” the Japanese player said.

The World o. 2 is a dog person, and her favorite emoji is the Loudly Crying Face. Speaking about her quirkier traits, Osaka confessed to being crazy about brushing teeth and does not drink coffee. She also spoke about how she hopes to visit Hawaii, which is next on her vacation list.

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While all of these insights into Osaka’s personal will delight her fans, there will be more to come considering her rising popularity. What is your favorite thing about Osaka?

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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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