Naomi Osaka: "Victories and defeats damaged my mental health"

The Japanese spoke again to the media during a program last week and has now instead posted a thought to Net-A-Porter talking about how difficult it was for her to face the press after losing a game

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Naomi Osaka: "Victories and defeats damaged my mental health"

It was certainly not a 2022 to remember for Naomi Osaka who she failed to triumph in any tournament in which she took part. In fact, the Japanese is in 41st place in the world rankings, a far cry from the golden years that had seen her excel in the Slams (four slams, two at the Australian Open and two at the US Open) and consequently lead the women's rankings.

In 2021, after refusing to attend the post-race press conference at the Roland Garros due to mental health issues, she later decided not to take part in interviews anymore. The Japanese spoke again to the media during a program last week and has now instead posted a thought to Net-A-Porter talking about how difficult it was for her to face the press after losing a game.

She wrote: "One of the hardest parts it was, right after a loss, going to the press room and talking to the media, answering questions about why I had played poorly or what I could have done better, and being asked how it feels to have just lost the game.

Neither of these conversations are pleasant, but especially not after a loss. It's like pouring salt into a wound."

Naomi Osaka: "Victories and defeats damaged my mental health"

The four-time Grand Slam champion went on to add that she realized she had to establish a new metric for success, because relying on the outcome of a match was affecting both her mental health and her love for the sport: "The weight of a match result made me realize that I had to step back and create a new metric for success, because the hyper-fixation on wins and losses hurt my mental health and my love for the game." The Japanese for 2023 will certainly try to get closer to the standards it had put in place between 2018 and 2021.

Naomi Osaka, among other things, was the first Asian in history to have reached the primacy of the WTA world rankings. At the Australian Open, if she should play, she will be among the favorite to win.

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