Naomi Osaka: “I’m happy where I am”

Naomi Osaka: “I’m happy where I am”

Naomi Osaka is back on the circuit with a completely renewed attitude. The WTA Tokyo 2022 hallucinates with the presence of its main star, an Osaka who arrives at off-peak times in tennis after a year full of turbulence. If performing on the track has been a challenge for her, finding serenity and calm off the track has become her biggest challenge. Trying to take her mind off the competition and the rollercoaster of day-to-day results, Naomi arrives in her homeland with renewed confidence and with the goal that playing at home will breathe new life into her tennis and her life. level. In the press conference Ahead of the Japanese tournament, he spoke about his mental health, the pursuit of happiness he’s embarked on this year and his feelings ahead of his return to the tour.

Previous goals and feelings

“I feel like I just want to play well. Every time I come to Japan I feel very happy, I think I always play very well here, there are very good vibes. It’s a great combination. It’s a bit strange to hear that I’m the defending champion, since the last time it was played here was in 2019. I would love to win this tournament again, but I’m taking it game by game … also it will be great to be able to have an audience again, because at the Olympics we are playing without an audience. It will be great to be able to see people.”

Review of a turbulent year

“It’s definitely not been my best year. However, I think in general I’ve learned a lot about myself, I’m just happy to be healthy. In Europe, I was injured and it was the first injury that I really needed a long time to recover from. I think life is full of ups and downs, and this one in particular was a moment much lower than a moment high, but right now I’m very happy with where I am.”

Growth from all points of view

“Since winning my first Grand Slam, I’ve been through a lot of changes every year. This season has been, without a doubt, a year of great growth for me. feel like I can go in the wrong direction. My base as a player is pretty solid, all I can do is learn more about myself. I know I’m an aggressive player, and I hope that I will be able to follow those patterns. Off the court, I think it’s great to see how tennis has given me so many opportunities in areas I’m interested in. It’s something that I I’m grateful, it makes me happy and I hope it continues to evolve.

Without thinking of being Serena’s successor

“I’m past that stage where you’re trying to fill someone’s void. You can never do that because every person is unique. Every person creates their own path and goes their own way, but it’s amazing everything what Serena has done for the sport and beyond.”

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