Naomi Osaka: “I know I’ll play again”

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka says she’ll be playing tennis again, though the when she remains a rather creepy question mark. Osaka said earlier this month that she planned to take an indefinite hiatus after the 2021 US Open

During a recent interview with HBO show The Shop, Osaka said, “I know I’ll play again. When will I be back? Probably soon. I have that itch again. I wouldn’t care much if I win or lose, I just have the joy. to return to the court.”

Osaka, who recently dropped out of the top five in the WTA ranking, said about Tokyo 2021 Olympics: “I loved the competition and I was just competitive. If I had to play a long game, the longer it was, the more fun it was for me. I’ve just started feeling recently the longer I’ve been the more stressed I’ve become, but I just needed a break to get inside myself.”

Naomi Osaka: “I know I’ll play again”

Osaka was fined for failing to meet mandatory media requirements after winning the opening round at Roland Garros. She withdrew from the tournament the next day. After that episode, Naomi decided to not play on the grass-court of Wimbledon.

Over the course of her career, Naomi has won seven WTA titles out of eleven finals played, winning four Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open in 2018 and 2020 and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021. Following her first Australian success, on the 28th January 2019 she became the first Asian to reach the first place in the world ranking.

She was the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam title and the third in the Open era to qualify for the WTA Finals. In 2019 and 2020 she was the highest paid female athlete ever, grossing $ 37 million and $ 60 million respectively. On 23 July 2021, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, she was the torchbearer who lit the Olympic brazier. Sentimentally she is linked to the American rapper Cordae.