‘I Think I’m Going To Take A Break From Playing’ Says Tearful Osaka

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka sits with a towel over her head throughout a break in her 2021 US Open Tennis event ladies’s singles third spherical match in opposition to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on September 3, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

 

 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, wiping away tears after a shocking US Open upset loss on Friday, mentioned she’s going to take an indefinite break from enjoying tennis.

“I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match,” Osaka mentioned, choking up and wiping away tears. “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”

With that, the defending US Open champion placed on her Covid-19 facemask, rose and ended the information convention after shedding to Canadian teen left-hander Leylah Fernandez 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.

The world quantity three from Japan, who withdrew from the French Open and skipped Wimbledon over psychological well being points that she mentioned had been exacerbated by talking after matches, declined an opportunity to finish the session earlier than saying she deliberate to take a break.

“How do I go around saying this?” Osaka requested aloud. “I really feel like for me lately, like, once I win I don’t really feel comfortable. I really feel extra like a reduction.

“And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal. I didn’t really want to cry, but basically I feel like…”

After saying she needed to proceed, Osaka, mentioned: “This is very hard to articulate. Basically I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do.”

Then she introduced her tennis break.

Osaka mentioned she thought she served effectively in opposition to Fernandez, however general she added: “I didn’t play that well. Like I didn’t move that well at all. It’s kind of to be expected sometimes.”

Asked about bother in opposition to left-handers, Osaka mentioned, “I can’t even inform you the way it feels to return it as a result of I don’t assume I may have returned a ball in opposition to a righty at present both. I’m fairly positive my return stats had been actually horrendous.

“It wasn’t like she was serving bombs, so I’m not really sure what to say.”

Osaka had not performed a match since Monday’s opener after getting a walkover within the second spherical.

“I think I would have preferred to play a match. I’ve never had a walkover in a Grand Slam, so that was definitely a really weird feeling,” Osaka mentioned.

“I’m honestly not sure if I feel like I’ve taken a step today or this tournament. I feel like I’m not really sure what I can say about how I played just now.”

 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan walks off the courtroom after shedding to Leylah Fernandez of Canada throughout her Women’s Singles third spherical match on Day Five at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP 

 

– Maybe a ‘boiling point’ –
Osaka’s break from tennis, with a possible title protection coming early subsequent 12 months on the Australian Open, got here on an evening the place she slammed her racquet to the courtroom a number of occasions after lacking an opportunity to serve out for the match within the second set.

“I’m really sorry about that,” she mentioned. “I’m not likely positive why. I used to be telling myself to be calm, however I really feel like perhaps there was a boiling level.

“Normally I feel like I like challenges. But recently I feel very anxious when things don’t go my way, and I feel like you can feel that.”

She in contrast it to a toddler’s mood tantrum.

“I’m not really sure why it happens the way it happens now,” Osaka mentioned. “But, yeah, it’s principally why. You may form of see that.

“I was kind of like a little kid.”

Asked if the difficulty may need come from Fernandez’s serve or the strain of the second, Osaka indicated it was different points she was coping with that brought on the meltdown.

“I don’t think it was her serve because I’ve been able to return pretty well against people that served better,” Osaka mentioned. “I don’t assume it’s the event as a result of I’ve been on this scenario earlier than.

“I guess we’re all dealing with some stuff, but I know that I’m dealing with some stuff.”

 

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts throughout her 2021 US Open Tennis event ladies’s singles third spherical match in opposition to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on September 3, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

 

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