Tennis star Osaka takes a break after losing the US Open
Tennis star Naomi Osaka took a break from tennis. That 23-year-old Japanese said after his elimination in the third round of the US Open, the tournament where he debuted as the defending champion. World number three Osaka lost to Canada’s Leela Fernandez in three sets.
“I really don’t know when I’ll play my next game,” Osaka said in tears. “I think it’s best if I take a break. When I win a match, I’m not even happy. It feels like a relief. And when I lose, I feel very sad . It’s not normal anymore.”
Osaka, the world’s highest-paid player, has been battling mental problems for some time now. The four-time Grand Slam winner announced before Roland Garros a few months ago that she would not hold a press conference. Osaka wanted to make a statement with that; According to him, compulsive interaction with the press sometimes causes psychological problems in athletes. The Japanese later said that she has been battling depression since the 2018 US Open.
The organization of Roland Garros threatened to expel Osaka from the tournament if it did not lift its boycott. The Japanese then decided to leave the Grand Slam tournament themselves. Since then, she has barely played. She lost in the third round at the Olympics and Cincinnati. Also in Cincinnati, she wept bitterly during a press conference after a difficult question about her relationship with the media.
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