“Wouldn’t Be Here Without My Sister”: Naomi Osaka Reveals Sister Mari’s Crucial Role in Her Career

Published 02/07/2021, 5:35 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Naomi Osaka has emerged as one of the biggest ambassadors of tennis in the last couple of years. Fans just love her and she has already won three Grand Slam titles at the age of just 23. The Japanese star credits her family for all her accomplishments.

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In a recent press conference, Naomi Osaka opened up about her sister Mari. She believes that her family has always backed her, and she is more than happy to help her sister. Mari loves creativity, and Naomi recently helped her to appear in a manga in which her character is the protagonist.

“For me, that’s the biggest thing. I always told myself like if I was able to give back to my family and the way that they’ve given, like so many things up for me, that’s something that is the most important part. So, clearly, for me, I wouldn’t be here without my sister,” said Osaka in the press conference.

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Osaka certainly feels that she’s not doing any favors to her sister by helping her feature in a manga or by doing some photoshoots together. She believes that she would’ve been nothing without Mari’s support and motivation.

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“Helps me out a lot”- Naomi Osaka on her sister Mari Osaka

Osaka also recalled her childhood instances and revealed that Mari was the one who pushed her for the sport. She further said that she still seeks the advice of her sister on multiple projects.

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action against Coco Gauff of the United States of America in the Women’s Singles Round three match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“She’s the person who pushed me when we were little. I had no drive at all. So, just hitting with her every day gave me something to look forward to and just for her to be so artistic and for us to in a way do everything together. That’s why I go to her for most of my projects and she helps me out a lot. I think that’s the least I can do to repay her,” added the US Open 2020 winner.

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The Japanese start reflected that what she was doing was the least that she could do for Mari. She highlighted that her sister has always been her backbone and she loves to help her in every possible way.

Naomi Osaka will begin her Australian Open 2021 campaign tomorrow against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Fans undoubtedly have huge expectations from her. Will Osaka be able to win her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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