‘Weekly Check-Ins With My Therapist’ – Naomi Osaka Talks About How She Is Keeping Positive Headspace During the Clay-Court Season

Published 05/01/2022, 2:58 AM EDT

In 2021, Naomi Osaka had a terrible clay-court campaign. Moreover, she also withdrew from the French Open. Since then, the Japanese player failed to make an impact on the WTA tour. This time, she is fully committed to the clay-court season after a bittersweet hard-court campaign.

Meanwhile, at the recent press conference at the Madrid Open, she talked about keeping a positive vibe while playing the entire clay-court season.

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Naomi Osaka is looking for positive things ahead of the long clay-court season 

Former world no.1, Naomi Osaka recently won her first match at the Madrid Open with ease. After the match, she answered some interesting questions at the press conference. After struggling with mental health issues in the past, she is finding new ways to stay positive. 

When asked about keeping a good headspace for the next few weeks, she said, “Yeah, for me, I’m like having like weekly check-ins with my therapist, and then just talking to my friends more, I would say. Granted, they are also busy, so yeah, just trying, I guess, not to — and also, I feel like I’m exploring the city more.”

“Last year in Madrid I didn’t really do anything. I was just in the hotel room. Now I’m kind of like walking around. I found this really cool area that has a lot of vintage stores and sneaker stores. So I thought it was cool. Yeah, I guess trying to appreciate the place that I’m in more,” she further added. 

Osaka is hopeful for a better clay-court campaign in 2022

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Last year, the Japanese star played in both Madrid and Rome before the French Open. In Madrid, she lost in the third round and lost her very first match in Rome as well. Then, she withdrew from the French Open after the first round, as she didn’t want to conduct any interviews. 

This year, she is currently playing in the Madrid Open and is planning to play in Rome next. Paris will be the next destination for her, as she is aiming for a better result at the Roland Garros this season. Today, she will play her second clay-court match of the season, against a Spaniard, Sara Sorribes Tormo. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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