Following her shocking third-round exit in the US Open to 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez, Naomi Osaka has decided to take a break from tennis due to her mental health.
Osaka spoke to the media following the match and surprised everyone with her comments. Via ESPN:
“Recently, when I win, I don’t feel happy,” Naomi Osaka said late Friday night. “I only feel relief. When I lose, I feel very sad. And I don’t think that’s normal. Basically, I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do. I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”
Wow. Naomi Osaka is clearly having some issues off the court and it’s very sad to see. This isn’t the first time she has taken a break, either. Osaka withdrew from the French Open and also skipped Wimbledon. She was even fined because she refused to do post-match interviews.
She has bigger issues than just tennis right now and after all, Naomi Osaka’s mental health is the most important thing above all. There’s a very good chance we never see Osaka on a tennis court again but hopefully, that won’t be the case. Only time will tell.