‘When I Win, I Don’t Feel Happy’: Naomi Osaka Considering Break from Tennis

By: Alyssa Wilson

Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who rose to fame at the start of her career, is thinking about taking a break from the sport.  

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According to The New York Times, Osaka lost at the U.S. Open Friday night and announced she did not know when she’d play next. In a media appearance after her loss, she said, “I feel like for me recently when I win, I don’t feel happy, I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. And I don’t think that’s normal.”  

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The 23-year-old is the world’s highest-paid female athlete and has been a strong advocate of mental health. In May, she was fined $15,000 after refusing to speak to the media during the French Open. After receiving the fine, she withdrew from the tournament, citing anxiety as the reason she did not want to participate in press conferences.  

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She also revealed that she has suffered from “long bouts of depression” since 2018. Following the scandal at the French Open, she withdrew from the Wimbledon Tournament to focus on her mental health.   

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Before the U.S. Open, Osaka said she is working on a new approach to life. It is one that is not centered on beating herself up when things don’t go according to plan and focuses on small victories like getting out of bed in the morning, according to the Times.  

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