Break. This is what Naomi Osaka needs after losing in the third round of the US Open against the young Leylah Fernández 5-7, 7-6 and 6-4. The defeat of the Japanese in the center court Arthur Ashe Stadium was quite a surprise and it was possible to see a player who did not get what she wanted and at a press conference she could not take it anymore and cried.
“When I win I don’t feel happy”
Osaka smashed a racket on the ground in frustration and announced a temporary retirement from tennis. “I feel like for me recently, like, when I win I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad, said Osaka. The Asian woman had a hard time saying these words and the moderator tried to help her by saying that the questions were over, but she wanted to continue.
“This is very difficult articulate. Basically, I feel like I’m at a point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match again,” she said. The Japanese covered her face with her black visor and apologized: “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”
It is not the first time that Osaka has declared that she is not feeling well. During Roland Garros, she said se would not participate in the press conferences, received strong pressure from the organization and announced that she was withdrawing due to a mental health issue . “I think the best thing for everyone to focus on the tournament is for me to leave. I would never joke about something as serious as mental health because I have suffered from depression since the 2018 US Open. I am an introvert and those who They know they know that I use headphones all the time in tournaments to isolate myself. I apologize if with my attitude I have offended members of the press who have always been kind and respectful to me. When I arrived in Paris I noticed anxiety and that is why I decided not to speak “, confessed the month of June.
The Japanese revealed that she has a lot of anxiety before appearing in the media and does not hide from writing what she thinks, how she has done it recently through social networks. His figure has been especially important this summer and it is that she lit the Olympic flame at the Tokyo 2020 Games on the opening day .
One of the first signs that Osaka was not well is when she has thrown his racket on the ground. “I was telling myself that I had to be calm. I feel like I like challenges, but recently I feel very anxious when things don’t go my way,” she described.
On the other hand, in the US Open, in the men’s team, there has also been a surprise and that is that Carlos Alcaraz has qualified for the round of 16 after eliminating Stefanos Tsitsipas , number three in the world. The Murcian has imposed himself with his tennis style and has recognized that this triumph is a dream.