The pressure, always present for Osaka

The pressure, always present for Osaka

Odd. This is how one could describe the season of Naomi Osaka. With irregular appearances on the circuit, the Japanese now faces the US Open 2022 with the pressure to do well after a year where we could glimpse his best level in Miami last April. Naomi Osaka confesses in the media day of the New York Grand Slam who can not get rid of the pressure, in addition to the farewell of Serena Williams.

The retirement of Serena Williams

“His legacy is so vast that you cannot describe it in words. The sport has changed. I am a product of what she did. I wouldn’t be here without Serena, Venus and her family. This is the major strength of the sport. With no intention of eclipsing Federer or Nadal, he is the greatest thing there will ever be in sports. It’s an honor to see her play. I watched his first game in Toronto before he announced it and for some reason I started crying because I was sorry.”

How do we get to the US Open?

“I feel like a few days ago I would have lied and said I was really relaxed, but when I trained today I felt very anxious. I think that’s because I want to do well and I haven’t been able to do well lately. It’s complicated. Of course, you don’t want to lose in the first round of a Grand Slam. It’s like relieving myself of the pressure, but it will always be there.”

Even if it’s not your case this year, how does it feel to defend your title?

“There is more stress when you defend, especially when people remind you of it. You think of points and stuff. You don’t want to lose them. It’s something you have in mind. You want to replicate the success you achieved the previous year.

His father as a trainer and trainer

“I just wanted good energy. I feel that I adapt well on the track. I don’t need anyone to tell me directly what to do or the percentages. I need someone who trusts me and my game. He is a good person to do it because he is the one who knows me best and who has seen the evolution of my tennis. That was the intention.

I’m one of those people who don’t like to talk too much with people. I’m very stubborn, I like to try to figure things out on my own,” explained the Japanese tennis player.

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