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Osaka smashes racket in U.S. Open loss; says she is considering taking break from tennis

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And Tsitsipas, who became arguably the most hated player on tour after his toilet break antics, was sensationally beaten by Alcatraz, the 18 year old new star from Spain. Just saw the 5th set, unbelievable fight

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Not surprised about Osaka at all. Biggest mistake she ever made was taking Japanese citizenship, everything has been downhill since then. Not sure if there was ever an option to become US citizen for her but she just can't handle the pressure from here, she is too fragile emotionally. Total waste of talent.

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Roblib,she got a house in California,with one of these Jonas brothers

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Repeated throwing her racket across the court and into the court, Naomi Osaka threw a match tantrum that was utterly shameful. According to the ESPN announcers, the only reason Osaka wasn’t penalized for racket abuse was because her racket didn’t break. She then picked up a ball and slammed it into the stands, generating a warning for her poor behavior. 

Congratulations to Leylah Fernandez, an 18-year-old Canadian woman of color who had recorded a very mediocre 7-8 win-loss record (since April) prior to this match. By the end of the match, the crowd was cheering for Fernandez (and actually booing Osaka). And rightfully so! In the post-match on-court interview, when asked about the fans getting more and more behind her, Fernandez exclaimed, “They helped me get the win!” And the crowd went wild!

Naomi Osaka’s match record since April: (7 wins, 6 losses)

September, U.S. Open, first-round win, second-round opponent withdrew for medical reasons (2-1)

August, Western & Southern Open, lost in third round after first round bye (1-1)

July, Olympics, lost in third round (2-1)

June, French Open, withdrew after first round (1-1)

May, Italian Open, lost in second round after first round bye (0-1)

April, Madrid Open, lost in second round (1-1)

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Roblib,she is not living with any Jonas Brothers,she bought a house, from one of them,I do not want to be guilty of spreading false rumors on Osaka,my bad

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Roblib: "Not surprised about Osaka at all. Biggest mistake she ever made was taking Japanese citizenship, everything has been downhill since then."

Nah, man. That's not a result of taking citizenship. If anything, she calculated things and took Japanese citizenship because she knew it would mean much more money in commercial revenue in the short term, and she'd be more fawned over so long as she won and played to the culture when it suited her, whereas taking American citizenship would be nothing special for her. The biggest mistake I'd say she made was firing her original coach in a fit of the kind of emotions we saw here. And besides, if she keeps this up and starts getting only negative attention like this, it won't be long before the same people saying she's Japanese (after winning the Masters) will say she is not TRULY Japanese, if they speak of her at all.

She not only dissevered to be hit with a code violation for this, but should have been suspended from play for a while. Let her get some mental health help if that's the reason she's going to use.

On the plus side, no one here is talking about her today.

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Eighteen-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez had the fans on her side 

Its quite telling that Osaka went from humble, likeable fan favorite to an unlikeable, hectoring, patronizing Karen in just a few short years.

She may have made millions pandering to the woke sponsors, but lost millions of fans.

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Yrral, my point is just she is American 100% I don't care what her passport says, she grew up there and she is a product of that environment, she has not been brought up Japanese. She has struggled since taking on the Japanese citizenship and I feel bad for her, was a bad biz move by her parents and management back then. Not sure what her options are at this point, but she is just too weak minded IMO to come out of this. We are not even talking about injuries or age, it's just her emotional state of mind. She can't be who she wants to be and that's holding her back.

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Congratulations to Leylah Fernandez, an 18-year-old Canadian woman of color

We used to just refer to them as "Canadians"

How times have changed....

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Nah, man. That's not a result of taking citizenship. If anything, she calculated things and took Japanese citizenship because she knew it would mean much more money in commercial revenue in the short term, and she'd be more fawned over so long as she won and played to the culture when it suited her, whereas taking American citizenship would be nothing special for her.

Naomi has a right to choose whatever citizenship she wishes. It is not for us to judge.

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Back on topic please.

Smith I agree with you that coach she initially had was a good one. Now she'll be getting the calls from the sponsors here about how to act in public and not to embarrass yourself or the country, LoL, I don't think she had a clue what she was signing up for, she just saw the $$$$ as you said, and she's still only 23 LoL.

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Smithinjapan,their nothing wrong with Osaka, everybody want her to be ,what they want her to be,if she try to please everybody ,she will end up pleasing nobody,she should just continue handle her business

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Always a pleasure to see Osaka lose. The Canadian girl played very well and also behaved very well.

Also, a shout out to Dan Evans who came back from 2 sets down to win his 3rd round match and make the last 16. Nice to see some Brits still have that bulldog spirit of old.

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Her personality seems more American than Japanese to me.

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This is no surprise.

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yep everyone was so excited when she beat that 87th ranked person.

Lost... again. poor sportsmanship as well.

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"Osaka smashes racket in U.S. Open loss; says she is considering taking break from tennis..."

I think Osaka needs to give us a break.

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Wow! Osaka made quite a racket. I guess she does need a break. Point is, letting her get away with this out-of-bounds behavior is the fault of the umpires. How the deuce she'll serve up a better performance and come to grips with reality, I'll default to others to answer. Maybe she should court the idea of getting a new coach and she can rally back to her old form.

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Her personality seems more American than Japanese to me.

She has never been an American citizen. She is Haitian and Japanese. I'm not sure there is any nationality coming through. She's acting more than ever like a spoiled child.

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She plays very well, of course, but tennis is much more and different to that. It’s about manners, abiding to rules, dress codes, politeness, respectful behavior at all times, not serving the ball but serving the sports, the officials, the viewers and guests. After all that, you are really a part of it and get your assigned position and money. If you think for yourself, feel like a star, think of success and big money etc, that isn’t really something for you or only for a very short time. Just switch off your little head and make one point after another, that’s all you’re there for and paid for.

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The French Open is played on clay, a surface she struggles on, so her behaviour there could be partly explained by it, feeling extra pressure etc.

The Olympics and now this are on hard courts, and if she is struggling this badly on her preferred surface, she must be in a bad place. I have some sympathy for her, she must be the only person ever booed to her first Grand Slam title thanks to that Serena Williams debacle, but really needs to turn this around. Looking at the match stats, she hit 36 unforced errors vs. 24 from Fernandez and only got 63% of her first serves in, a measly 53% in the deciding set. That makes it very easy to lose a tennis match, but is not such a difficult thing to fix, compared to long-term injury or having an inferior all-round game to your opponents. The danger is that something simple like problems with her serve are being amplified in her head and ruining her whole game.

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“Idol” OUT. - (No more sympathy is due). - You did that all by yourself, Naomi.

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And this was the person chosen by Japan to light the Olympic flame

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@timeon And Tsitsipas, who became arguably the most hated player on tour after his toilet break antics, was sensationally beaten by Alcatraz, the 18 year old new star from Spain. Just saw the 5th set, unbelievable fight

It was a good win by the young Spain jin but to be honest your comment above is way off the mark. People do not understand. That is people like you simply do not understand. He did nothing wrong even his previous opponent admitted that. He did nothing outside the rules. If anything it is the RULE itself that is wrong as it does not stipulate a time limit. Only a "suitable " time for. bathroom breaks and so on and so forth. May as well add I am writing this via iphone from the toilet taking a slightly longer than average / usual you know what.

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Sorry (not) to say, but I got more and more the impression, that she's a spoiled little girl, with no manners, hunting the money (as long as available)! Just my p.o.!

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Tennis players do tend to be more diva and tantrum prone, perhaps due to tennis having always been a bourgeoisie sport, and the lack of teammates to check selfish behavior.

I’m not saying that “ghetto” sports like soccer and basketball aren’t without their share of problem cases, but those tend to be thugs on the other end of the spectrum.

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She should take a permanent break. She's embarrassing herself and Japan. She doesn't even the discipline to lose gracefully. She may have talent but shes not cut out for this.

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Personally, I'd rather Osaka channel her inner Steffi Graf than Venus Williams. At least we now know that the "not taking questions from the media" is just smoke from another fire.

New balls, please.

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A gifted tennis player that needs to toughen up a tad, no problem kicking the furniture from time to time, or in Osaka case throw a wobbler with her tennis racket.

Its the belly button gazing, self doubt, is kiddy tantrums. Thank god I am pants at sport.

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Osaka, come back to Japan and take a rest calmly in your heartful hometown. Unlike US super-comercilaization culture, she can feel a kind of our love and sentitive feelings for you. i think Japanese culture and people would heal you!

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@Peter Neil that’s why I said she ‘seems’ more American. We all know her legal status. Fact is, she grew up in the US from the age of 3. American kids are brought up to win at all costs and never accept losing

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I love Osaka and think she has huge talent. She is now a celebrity though and feels like that has been distracting to her game.

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Not very Japanese to show emotions like this in public, is it?

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Osaka, come back to Japan and take a rest calmly in your heartful hometown. 

Really, why doesn’t she? Shes japanese but much prefers to spend her time in US.

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Poorsport. Give US a break, Osaka.

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Take a break, quit, find something new. She has nothing more to prove. Regarding anxiety, I know several persons who can function after taking anti-anxiety medication. Shouldn't she consider something before a match if it will calm her nerves? For example, at one past interview she obviously had a panic attack, but there are easily available calming drugs that you can take and relax at such an interview. I think she needs a better doctor.

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“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” Naomi Osaka don't be a quitter.

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She needs John McEnroe to give her some tips on temper control.

In the West most people’s sympathy has long dried up, but in Japan she’ll get some kind of endless sympathy from her forgiving fans until she can pick herself up again.

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By the way, re Ōsaka Naomi lighting the Olympic flame, that was just a load of hydrogen.

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Well, concert pianists are under pressure to perform, too, but you rarely see one smash a piano. Only people in sports seem to smash their tools. If she no longer enjoys playing competitively, then sure, take a break, but the tantrum thing is weird.

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Can hear all the "Told you so" on both sides of the Pacific.

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So many mental health experts on here - lol.

Hope none of these "experts" friends or family members have similar issues - because not much help/understanding would apparently be forthcoming.

Opinions esp constructive add, derision esp with mental health adds zilch.

And Kanapi - "...Unlike US super-comercilaization culture, she can feel a kind of our love and sentitive feelings for you.."

It was partially due to over-the-top pressures and expectations cast upon her in Japan by Big Inc, Big Media, Big Public etc, that contributed to her problems.

That's why her US sponsor Nike put out this ad last year - like just ease up a little.

Nike Japan Presents "Question Return" Featuring Naomi Osaka (大坂なおみ) - YouTube

And current world # 1 Ash Barty - having felt similar pressures took time out played cricket, had fun, and rebounded refreshed and re-focussed . Perhaps Naomi should follow suit.

Ash Barty: The power of time off (crossingthelinesport.com)

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You lobbed a significant score @JoeinTokyo 1:09p of a shots regarding Osaka’ s ‘performance’:

*- “Wow! Osaka made quite a racket. I guess she does need a break. Point is, letting her get away with this out-of-bounds behavior is the fault of the umpires. How the deuce she'll serve up a better performance and come to grips with reality, I'll default to others to answer. Maybe she should court the idea of getting a new coach and she can rally back to her old form.*

The count is 12 ?

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Time to retire? She has enough money in the bank.... Possibly do some charity work for the black community or Haiti?

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Move over, Osaka. There's a new Blasian in town by the name of Fernandez and she had the sense to represent the country where she grew up in.

I don't want to see anything bad to happen to Osaka but she needs to make a choice. Get help and take a break, or quit tennis. You're an adult and you need to make your own choices. As for losing, all players lose - get over it.

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Sorry, my mistake. I don't think Fernandez is Blasian.

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Its not a mental health issue. It’s maturity. Somewhat lacking in manners and with an ego out of control.

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If there was one famous player on the circuit who is NOT japanese Id say its Osaka by her behaviour.

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Somehow rage is quite common in tennis, I think the champion pressure got to her.

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Bitter water is drawn from a bitter well.

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I wonder how many of you experts have actually played a professional level game and experienced the pressure to be judging others. Losers.

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kurisupisuToday  02:36 pm JST

Not very Japanese to show emotions like this in public, is it?

Really? Japanese athletes and tarento often cry in public.

Do your best, win, lose, struggle, train harder, push yourself harder or......don't. It's your life. Do what you want with it. All big name athletes face pressure. Enough with the constant crying and poor little me routine. Now she's having court tantrums.

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Yay Hurray! The frustration is still there from the Olympics. Now the better tennis players will win.

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@snowymountainhell

You lobbed a significant score @JoeinTokyo 1:09p of a shots regarding Osaka’ s ‘performance’:

Hehe, a grand slam?

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On different sports sites, she yelled some interesting Japanese when she smashed her racket. They obviously had the large microphones aimed at her. Did anyone hear it?

Sort of went like this for the first sentences. Watashi wa nihonjin desu. Watashi wa ichiban desu. Watashi wa niban ni narimasen.

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Not a great role model.

Wonder what her sponsors think?

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According to Forbes, Osaka is the world's highest-paid woman athlete, earning $37 million in 2020 from blue-chip sponsors such as Tag Heuer, AirBnB, and Louis Vuitton in addition to Mastercard and Nike.

Will they keep pumping money into her? I don't get the appeal.

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Yrral: "Smithinjapan,their nothing wrong with Osaka"

Well, yes and no. I agree there is nothing wrong with her, meaning there is no excuse for her actions, but you notice even in the article it immediately goes to talking about mental health issues? I have no doubt people are already trying to sympathize with her and proclaiming her a victim here in a way they never would for, say, Dominic Thiem or Djokovic if and when they engage in the same kind of behaviour. So, I agree, there is nothing wrong with her -- and this has nothing to do with mental issues, and she and no one can blame it on them. It is simply her throwing a childish tantrum, and deserving of the punishment she got. She can hide under a towel all she wants after, and hide from interviewers after, but she canNOT blame it on mental health issues, and since you admit there is nothing wrong with her, neither can you.

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Sort of went like this for the first sentences. Watashi wa nihonjin desu. Watashi wa ichiban desu. Watashi wa niban ni narimasen.

A simple 'ya da' would have sufficed.

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Tsk tsk temper temper little girl.

What a transformation for the worse with a little taste of success.

Better grow the (bleep) up.

Naomi is proving to be a major disappointment. All the way around.

Next will be lost sponsors. Then we know the rest.

Another flash in the pan who gained success with the golden child persona (I can't do no wrong) flash in the pan. She has this complexity about her self. who may end up in utter disgrace for good if not careful.

Better get the best shrink working in her head (real soon and with a quickness) or the cash cow and any chance of touching players legacy like  Billie Jean King,  Monica Seles ,Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, The William sisters.

Grand slam? Or Grand flop. Better get the bi-polar under control.

Pull it together girl.

Act proffcianally at all times when gripping a the racquet.

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I don’t see many Japanese smashing or trying to smash objects!

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I don’t see many Japanese smashing or trying to smash objects!

Japanese people don’t do such things. The tools or instruments a person uses are considered to be imbued with spirit. Osaka’s behaviour in this regard is shameful. So much for her claim to “always feeling japanese.” She could not be LESS japanese if she tried.

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Reads now like Naomi’s not getting the J media protection from “petty” comments she had prior to the Tokyo Games? -

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I just watched her post match press conference. The reporters were walking on egg shells, going out of their way not to upset her. Still she started crying again.

Naomi, youre in the wrong profession.

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She's gonna lose her Japanese card soon.Not winning gold at the Olympics to then go throw a hissy fit is very unJapanese.She does need a break.Clearly cracking up.

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I hope the execs at Panasonic don't see this tawdry outburst. Her smiling dial at Tokyo station might be given to someone else.

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We support you Naomi. Dont listen to the many haters out there, still angry that you choose to represent Japan, your birth nation, with so much pride.

It has been a huge year, with the pressure of 126 million people on your shoulders at the Olympics. Rest up, take a break and refresh, and come back stronger than ever in 2022!

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Not a great role model.

Wonder what her sponsors think?

Queuing up to pay her even more, thats what. Naomi never asked to be a role model. She is a tennis player and is the highest paid female athlete in history. She is worth hundreds of millions of $$$, thats the main thing.

End of.

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Fighto!: "We support you Naomi."

That's one fan. Where are all the rest? I seem to recall the exact same words under a different handle, for a different athlete. Funny thing, that... said poster no longer exists, nor do the posts for the athlete they "supported". I honestly hope you do keep supporting her, though. She needs it more than ever, and will even more in the future. If she can overcome the childish temper tantrums that are part of her heritage, then she might be all she can be, but she seems quite unable to pull out of it and the subsequent crying, something we have seen a lot of when her fellow athletes here lose a match.

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Awww, little Naomi-Chan throw her racket?

Sounds like she needs a time out!

I have a little 2 year old who does similar things when the situation is bad.

Maybe the two of them should get together for support?

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Fighto!Today  06:53 pm JST

Queuing up to pay her even more, thats what. Naomi never asked to be a role model. She is a tennis player and is the highest paid female athlete in history. She is worth hundreds of millions of $$, thats the main thing.

End of.

Then win or lose, play tennis and stop crying, Right now, it's questionable how much of a tennis player she is. All high profile athletes face pressure. If she can't handle it then quit. It's not her $$$ worth that's the main thing. The main thing is....is she a top ranked tennis player and for how much longer?

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She was a champion and can be once again. A great athlete but needs a good sense of humor with all the haters out there

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Ms Osaka.. when you made your entrance into the world tennis by claiming your 1st Grand Slam.. you took the world by storm.. you started to win grand slams.. Every up and coming tennis kid look up to you and want to be the next Osaka.. You're a dream come true, as far as tennis is concerned.. We loud you for your vocal support for all the good causes that you believed in and channelled it in the right manner.. Fairplay to you..

However lately that's not the case when it comes to you... very sad.. you hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons.. From a world beater to someone seeking attention.. Suddenly the sport become all about you but not for the good of the sport..

You're creating negativity with your antics on and off court. If you're feeling mentally stressed or challenged with your current predicament.. then take a break as long as you want.. until you are up for it and want to become a world beater again.. you can't be repeating the same drama each time you compete in a tournament.. you're not respecting your fellow peers who are in the same predicament as you're in.. they all are (past & present) following the obligations as required by organisers and sponsors (btw pump in millions).. win or lose they have obligations to fulfill.. you very well knew that the minute you joined the professional tour..

Every profession has it's pressure.. you're paid to do so your job.. some profession are life saving situations and yet are paid far less.. talk about mental stress..

You're very fortunate that you're paid well for your troubles.. (Doing what you love to do) Not everyone are as fortunate as you're..

It's becoming stale and tiresome with your antics.. Ms Osaka please be graceful and humble in defeat and victory.. give credit where its due.. That's marks a true champion and sets the standards for all the young kids who are looking up to you as a role model..

Lastly.. well done to Ms Fernandes & Mr Alcaraz.. Congratulations on your win.. you showed true dedication and professionalism..

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Is Panasonic one of Osaka’s sponsors *@factchecker 6:42pm? **Seems media doesn’t want specific sponsors mentioned within the context of this *story, even in jest.

@factchecker 6:42pm: “I hope the execs at Panasonic don't see this tawdry outburst. Her smiling dial at Tokyo station might be given to someone else.” -

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My young two-year-old never threw tantrums – he never got to be a tennis player though…

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Naomi is still like a child. She needs a kind of discipline to control self.

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"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," 

As Marie Kondo says, if it doesn’t bring you joy, chuck it.

There’s no reason to play tennis if you don’t want to. It’s not like you need the money.

Go and find something that makes you happy.

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tennis is the only reason why anyone knows who you are

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I first got a weird feeling about Osaka when she fired her coach because she "wasn't having enough fun."

This was right after that same coach got her to the top of the tennis world when she beat Serena W. for the US Open title.

Since then she's been on a downward slide emotionally.

Unless she gets it together in her head, she's done.

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