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‘I’m dealing with stuff’: Naomi Osaka questions her future in tennis

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Naomi Osaka’s journey to the top took another unexpected turn on Friday when the Japanese tennis star announced she would be taking an indefinite break from the sport following her shock US Open exit. The 23-year-old,...

Tearful Naomi Osaka questions future after US Open loss to Leylah Fernandez

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Naomi Osaka’s defense of her US Open championship is in tatters and her immediate future on the women’s professional tennis tour in doubt after a shocking defeat to the unseeded Leylah Annie Fernandez, a Canadian teen...

Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka highlight the untenable pressures of Big Sport

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There are so many well-worn quotes about sport and pressure. Pressure makes diamonds. Pressure is for tyres. The greatest pressure is the pressure we put on ourselves. People often say cliches exist because they’re tr...

Naomi Osaka stunned as face of Tokyo Games knocked out of Olympic tennis

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Naomi Osaka will not win an Olympic medal on home soil in Japan after she was upset in the third round of the Tokyo Games by Markéta Vondroušová of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4. Osaka, who opened her home Games by ligh...

Osaka eases into third round of Olympic women’s singles but Swiatek goes out

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As prominent names continued to crumble around her, Naomi Osaka advanced in the women’s singles by defeating Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round. After lighting the Olympic cauldron and ...

Naomi Osaka eases into second round in return to tennis at Tokyo Olympics

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In the two months since Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open to protect her mental health after all the noise that followed her decision not to attend press conferences there, she has been everywhere and nowhere ...

Naomi Osaka provides spark at subdued opening of Tokyo Olympics

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Amid the darkness of the Tokyo skyline, a moment of hope and raging illumination. After nearly four hours of an opening ceremony that veered from the sombre to the spectacular, the Olympic flame was passed to the face...

Naomi Osaka provides spark at tentative opening of Tokyo Olympics

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Amid the darkness of the Tokyo skyline, a moment of hope and raging illumination. After nearly four hours of an opening ceremony that veered from the sombre to the spectacular, the Olympic flame was passed to the face...

Naomi Osaka review – a poignant, painful look at the life of the tennis wunderkind

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There is a problem that sometimes afflicts documentaries about sports personalities, in that the phrase can be an oxymoron. This is not intended to be an insult: sporting excellence on an international level requires ...

Mental health struggles are ubiquitious. We are all Naomi Osaka now

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In late May, the tennis champ Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open, after officials fined her $15,000 and threatened to suspend her from the tournament for opting out of mandatory media activities. In her stateme...

Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin tournament raising doubts over Wimbledon

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Naomi Osaka pulled out of next week’s Berlin WTA 5000 grass court tournament on Monday, raising doubts about the four-times grand slam champion’s participation at Wimbledon later this month. The decision comes after t...

Naomi Osaka shames those who ignored her pleas for help

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In taking a stand on her mental health by refusing to attend post-match press conferences, Naomi Osaka stands for all of us (Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open amid row over press conferences, 31 May). We all have...

It’s not just Naomi Osaka – no one really likes post-match interviews

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In the fallout from Naomi Osaka’s French Open walkout, everyone seemed to fall out with everyone else. I got a text from a TV producer. “Lol. Piers Morgan’s criticism of the tennis player not wanting to attend a press...

‘Courageous’: Japanese athletes and sponsors voice support for Naomi Osaka

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Athletes and sponsors in Naomi Osaka’s native Japan have joined much of the tennis world in rallying behind the player after she withdrew from the French Open, citing struggles with anxiety and depression. The Japanes...

French Open’s response to Naomi Osaka is a shameful moment for tennis

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As the fallout from Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from Roland Garros continued, Osaka’s fellow athletes rallied behind her to offer their support. Shortly after her first round win over Irina Camelia Begu on Mond...

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