It has not been an easy year for former world number one Naomi Osaka, who has struggled with both physical and mental problems this season. The Grand Slam champion spoke of confusion in her head and back pain that accompanied her in this 2022, after the elimination at the US Open 2022: "Right now I need to relax a little, take a few days off, because there is a lot of chaos in my head, I think too much.
Injuries affected my whole season, just a few days ago I couldn't even serve well. Today I competed again and on the field I felt something similar to fun. The problem remains not being able to play as I would like and this leads to defeat, which is always difficult.
My biggest wish is to be able to play continuously without back problems. I have the feeling that I gave my best today, I did what I could. The truth is, I have no firm plans for what will happen."
The Japanese star has often exposed herself to pressing social issues.
She told in an interview a while ago how she felt when she first did them: "There's a point where you think to yourself: Well, there's no going back now. So I'd say it definitely scared me a lot. When I first posted a statement, on police brutality towards blacks, on Twitter, before wearing masks.
That day I pulled out of a tournament and got so many notifications: my Twitter is never exploded that way before. By accepting and realizing that tennis is a mostly white sport, which is something I knew growing up. Everyone knows that. So I hope, you know, as the years go by, that point of view changes."