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Naomi Osaka was “worried” about her press conference after retiring from the French Open last year

Naomi Osaka was “worried” about her press conference after retiring from the French Open last year

Naomi Osaka has admitted she was “very worried” about returning to Roland Garros after last year’s fury that led to her retirement.

Osaka announced on the eve of the tournament that it would not perform its media duties and, after being threatened with expulsion, withdrew before its second-round match and spoke about its mental health issues.

The four-time Grand Slam champion also missed out on Wimbledon before playing in her home Olympics and the U.S. Open, but then stopped her season, saying she needed more time off the court.

His decision to resign has sparked a new debate over the mental health of athletes.

The issue has also shed light on the media mandates of tennis seniors after the game, with Roland Garros organizers admitting they could “do better” when it comes to mental health.

The 24-year-old saw a therapist and returned for the start of the season in Australia with a new focus on enjoying her tennis with coach Wim Fissette.

For the most part, she cut a more relaxed figure, but was left in tears at Indian Wells in March after being questioned by a spectator.

Speaking to reporters in Paris, he said: “I will not lie. When I arrived here, I was very worried. somehow and that found me.

“But I think everyone has been very positive, for the most part. I was also very worried about this press conference because I knew I would get a lot of questions about it.

“But I don’t think I’ve been able to figure out where I am right now, of course I’m still thinking about it, and I’m also getting ready to go out on the pitch and a fan says something like Indian Wells. . For the most part, I think I’m fine.

Osaka is no leader after falling to 38th place in the standings, although this is a significant improvement since early February when, after losing in the third round of the Australian Open, it fell out of the top 75.

His run to the Miami Open has been the highlight of his season so far, but his attempts to find his feet on clay have been hampered by an Achilles problem.

The draw gave Osaka a rematch with former US semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova, against whom she lost at the Australian Open after holding two match points.

“My reaction was that I thought (coach) Wim was kidding,” Osaka said.

“A few days ago I dreamed that the draw was over and I had to face Iga (Swiatek). I was scared because I thought which is the worst possible player to play when I’m not ranked. She came to my mind, so thank God it didn’t happen.

“I think we will both learn from these experiences. I think having two match points is comforting. I wouldn’t say I don’t want to play with her (Anisimova) because I feel like the kind of person that if you win me this motivates me more to win . »

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