After initially considering boycotting Wimbledon since ranking points would not be granted, Naomi Osaka withdrew due to an Achilles ailment just before the ATP tour in Montreal this year but luckily she got the chance to participate in the US Open despite losing out on the round one.
The Japanese star, however, added some more alarming aspects which are responsible for affecting her career as well as her sound mind for the last few years.
Reasons behind the unstable mind of Naomi Osaka
As she attempts to shake off her slump in her domestic Pan Pacific Open this week, Naomi Osaka acknowledged on Monday that she has experienced prolonged troublesome period throughout this year which actually demotivated her for a long time.
After a miserable run in which she lost in the first round of her previous three events, the former world number one and four-time women singles’ Grand Slam winner has fallen to number 48 in the women’s tennis world rankings in September, 2022 and the 24-year-old Japanese player has struggled with injuries this season and hasn’t claimed a victory since the Australian Open last year.
Osaka, who is the title holder from three years ago at the WTA competition in Tokyo, is looking to turn things around when the competition resumes for the very first occasion since the coronavirus outbreak and the field she will play includes ranked number four Paula Badosa of Spain, Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, and France’s Caroline Garcia, who placed in the semifinals of the recently concluded Grand Slam, the US Open.
Following some emotional questions from journalists, the Japanese player uncovered her sadness regarding mental health by saying, “This year has been not the best year for me, but I’ve learned a lot about myself, Life is ups and downs, and this year was more down than up, but overall I’m pretty happy with where I am now.”
In addition to losing in the first round of both the Rolland Garros and US Opens, Naomi has spent the whole year outside the top 10. Even, she had considered boycotting the competition because points total would not be granted, she withdrew due to an Achilles ailment.
The four-time champion acknowledged that it had been challenging to manage her form at the peak of the sport, but simultaneously, she professed that operating a sound mind has become a tough thing like maintaining a successful career to remain on top.