The world’s eyes are on Naomi Osaka right now. She’s the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title, and she did it in dominant fashion, beating her idol, Serena Williams, in straight sets in the US Open final. After a controversial first set that saw Naomi lose a break point, she reeled off six straight games to take control of the match.
Many of you have been following the story about the first Japanese-American woman to win a major tennis title, Naomi Osaka, who last week became the first Japanese-American to win the U.S. Open. While I was in New York City last week, I had the chance to sit down with Naomi for an interview at the top of the U.S. Open. We talked about her life in Japan, her goals for the future, and her experience playing on a national stage for the first time. While Naomi had previously won some big events in Japan, she admitted that her career hadn’t reached the level of success she wanted. She said, “I didn’t have that drive in the beginning. I was just playing tennis, andRoland Garros 2021: Serena Williams says she wants to hug Naomi Osaka after her elimination from the match. Representatives from four Grand Slam tournaments say they are looking to significantly improve player support following the withdrawal of Naomi Osaka from the French Open. Osaka, 23, withdrew from the tournament on Monday – a day after the Slams threatened to expel her from the tournament because she refused to talk to the press. The Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open have offered him their support and assistance. We thank Naomi for sharing her words about the pressure and anxiety she feels. We understand the particular stress that tennis players can experience. Four major tournaments were criticized for their handling of the issue at Roland Garros. Last week, Japan’s world number one Osaka said she did not want to give interviews to protect her mental health. Osaka won her opening match against Romanian Patricia Maria Teague in straight sets on Sunday and was fined $15,000 (10,570 euros) for refusing to serve the press after the match. Later in the day, a joint statement from Grand Slam tournament organizers said Osaka could be barred from tournaments if she continues to avoid them. Osaka withdrew from the French Open on Monday and said in the same statement that she suffered from depression after winning her first title at the 2018 US Open. Osaka added that she will now distance herself from the tennis court. We would like to offer our support to Naomi Osaka and help her in any way we can when she returns from the court, the Grand Slam tournament said in a statement. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return at her earliest convenience. The tone of her statement was markedly different from Sunday, when authorities threatened to impose higher fines and suspend her from Grand Slam tournaments if she continued to avoid the media. While player welfare has always been a priority at Grand Slams, we want to work with the WTA, ATP and ITF to promote mental health and well-being through new actions, she added. Together, as a community, we will continue to improve the gaming experience at our tournaments, including media. Changes should be made to maintain a level playing field regardless of rank or status. Sports require rules and regulations to ensure that no player has an unfair advantage over another. We want to work with players, tournaments, media and the wider tennis community to make meaningful improvements.
players unite to support Osaka’s
Osaka’s exit from the tournament was a big talking point on the third day at Roland Garros. Some of his professional colleagues showed their support after his matches. Coco Gauf, the American number 25 in the world, said she hoped her friend would survive the ordeal and come back better and stronger. Mental health is something I care about and understand, said Hauff, 17. I hope on the tour we can find ways to help him and other players in similar situations. All I can do is reach out and support. Frenchman Gael Monfils expressed his hopes for Osaka’s speedy recovery at a press conference, saying the sport needed her back on the court and was happy. It’s a very difficult situation for them. I can sympathize with her because it was very difficult for me too, added Monfils, who has been open about his feelings during the pandemic. It’s an important moment for everyone, even outside of tennis, what we go through. Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams admitted that talking to the press is not easy for anyone. As for me, I know that anyone who asks me a question cannot play as well as I do and never will, so no matter what you say or write, you will never light a candle for me, the 40-year-old American said. That’s how I make ends meet. But everyone handles it differently.