Naomi Osaka discusses her plans for a comeback after taking an extended vacation after the US Open.
Following her third-round elimination from the US Open, Naomi Osaka said she will be taking a long hiatus from tennis in a sad press conference.
After withdrawing from Indian Wells and saying she needed a vacation after her US Open loss, Naomi Osaka has indicated that she won’t be gone from tennis for long. The world No. 8 was defeated in the third round by adolescent Leylah Annie Fernandez, and afterwards said that she would be taking a long hiatus from the sport after falling out of love with it, but she has since changed her mind.
Osaka was the defending champion at the US Open, but she was upset in the third round by then-world No. 73 Fernandez, who was 19 at the time of the tournament and went on to reach the final.
After an on-court incident in which she threw her racket in frustration, the Japanese tennis star apologized before admitting to the worry she felt after losses.
“Normally, I enjoy challenges, but lately, I’ve been feeling quite anxious when things don’t go my way, and I think you can sense that,” the 23-year-old revealed after apologizing for her behavior during the game.
“I’m not sure why things happen the way they do now. But, certainly, that’s the main reason. You could see that I was acting like a small child.” “I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match,” Osaka said, fighting back tears as she acknowledged she will be taking an extended vacation from tennis after losing her love for the game. I’m going to take a break from playing for the time being.
“I’ve noticed that when I win, I’m not as joyful as I used to be.” When I win, I feel relieved, and when I lose, I feel really sad. That doesn’t seem regular to me.” She then pulled out of the upcoming WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells, where she won her maiden championship in 2018, but has since confirmed that she will be returning to the tour “soon.”
“I definitely enjoy the sport,” Osaka said on HBO’s The Shop.
The four-time Grand Slam winner appeared to retract her remarks from just a few weeks ago. “Brinkwire News Summary.”