After pulling out of a number of tournaments citing her battle with despair and nervousness, tennis star Naomi Osaka mentioned she desires to compete on the Tokyo Olympics and plans to take part in press conferences.
Osaka lately instructed Japan’s nationwide broadcaster NHK that she was gearing as much as play on her residence turf on the 2021 Olympics. Within the message revealed by the broadcaster, Osaka mentioned she would participate in information conferences whereas giving consideration to her psychological well being.
“I’m getting ready myself little by little so I will be on the prime of my sport for the Olympics,” she wrote, per AFP.
“Since getting the eye of the world, I’ve all the time had bouts of tension. That is particularly the case within the lead as much as huge competitions.”
The world No. 2 withdrew from the French Open after controversy erupted following her announcement to not attend press conferences after matches. The 23-year-old then pulled out of Wimbledon as effectively. Osaka mentioned post-match media availabilities have been detrimental to her psychological well being earlier than later saying on social media that she wanted to step away from the sport to concentrate on her battle with despair and nervousness.
Stuart Duguid, Osaka’s agent, mentioned his shopper had withdrawn from the Berlin WTA 500, a event that’s seen as a tune-up for Wimbledon, to spend time with family and friends. However he assured Osaka was “excited to play in entrance of her residence followers” on the Tokyo Olympics.
Osaka, who was fined $15,000 and threatened with disqualification from Roland Garros for not honoring her media dedication, ignited a debate about psychological well being. French Open officers claimed they’d handled Osaka with “care and respect” after they have been accused of being too harsh.