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Australian Open no-show fuels speculation about Osaka's tennis future

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She is a material witness in Federal conspiracy,the Feds do not care about her state of mind

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Honestly after she went full BLM mode allot of people lost interest in her and then she just started playing like crap.

To sensitive, to this to that. Correct me if I’m wrong but she did represent Japan in the olympics and lost quickly.

She isn’t poor that’s for sure. I wish her nothing but the best, but she needs to just retire and move on.

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Honestly after she went full BLM mode allot of people lost interest in her and then she just started playing like crap

Just to ensure that there’s no selective dummy-spitting here, what’s your opinion of BLM?

It’s just that some get very selective in their outrage about political messaging from high-profile people.

Not all, of course, and I’m sure you dislike any political messaging from high-profile people across the board.

It’s just that Naomi Osaka does wind up a lot of rightwing trolls and spammers.

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She's a person who is popular for her tennis and her diverse background, as well as her quiet and humble words when she won. Her background was promoted heavily, like on Netflix, where fans loved the story of her life and rise to world No. 1.

As she wanted to be more vocal about issues, it was apparent her intelligence was limited. She talked like a teen age child, and people simply are too educated, too knowing and too cynical to hear overly simplistic language being said and not ridicule the source.

Her decisions to grasp her Japanese heritage would have been perceived as more sincere had she lived in Japan and learned the language, rather than take the citizenship for nationalistic fandom and the lucrative commercial opportunity afforded. Doing commercial work for a skin whitening product from Shiseido was quite hypocritical, imo.

Bottom line is she is a powerful, great tennis player, but her legacy was irreparable when she tried to be a spokesperson for diversity, which was a noble attempt by her, but her credibility was her own ruin by a lack of ability to speak intelligently and poor decision making which put off a lot of people, including myself.

Lack of approval affected her greatly, and she should have probably just stuck with tennis and not try to be a Lewis Hamilton type of spokesperson who is a great athlete, as well as having great intelligence to speak for causes.

It may sound cruel to some, but pragmatically, her demise as a tennis player is due to being affected by negative reception as she attempted to be more than 'just a tennis player.' Her simplicity of words was fine as a champion on the court. Not so when talking of issues.

Some are just not cut out to speak out and her rather juvenile mind was never taken seriously by a vast number of people. She is a sensitive person, and the backlash has likely caused her to never be a top player again, as the drive, determination, mental strength and physicality to be no. 1 has disappeared as she needed to be liked.

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I think there’s a worthwhile discussion to be had about whether sports stars or other celebrities should engage in political, social or religious messaging.

Of course you need an adult and objective view to discuss this.

Some just get triggered if they don’t like a particular message.

These people are close to useless in these discussions.

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All people regardless of their occupations are free to be political or whatever. Campaign for what they believe in.

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Athlete are not Zombies,they are entitled to a life

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All people regardless of their occupations are free to be political or whatever. Campaign for what they believe 

I’d go along with that for the most part. I do remember Paulo di Canio’s fascist salute. I’m not too sure about that one.

I personally dislike the types proselytizing for religion or religious gestures.

Still, the principle stands. Their belief. Their choice.

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Not surprising. No practice, no play - not the ideal preparation for a grand slam.

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All people regardless of their occupations are free to be political or whatever. Campaign for what they believe in.

and all people are free to disagree with those people as you do.

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Jimizo

if it is within the law of a country. Free speech whether we like it or not agree or not.

If people don't like sportspeople like Osaka then don't watch, don't read.

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many oppose free speech.

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YrralToday  01:09 pm JST

Athlete are not Zombies,they are entitled to a life.

You're not an athlete anymore if you refuse to participate.

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A late 2010s phenom that will disappear as quicky as she ascended. Sorry, she's past tense.

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@Jimizo

t’s just that Naomi Osaka does wind up a lot of rightwing trolls and spammers.

She winds me up and I'm certainly not a "rightwing troll" nor a spammer. Hypocrisy and disingenuousness are big reasons.

You see, her and her family ARE direct victims of racism. Japanese racism. Her Japanese in laws strongly objected to their daughter marrying a black man, to the extent they disowned her mother. The black-Asian family thus felt they needed to leave Japan to somewhere more tolerant and accepting, which would offer them and their children greater opportunity. The United States.

Indeed, this is where Osaka was given the opportunity to become a great tennis player. So what does she eventually do? She very publicly slams the country for its supposed racism while quickly brushing off and burying her family's very real and impactful experience in Japan.

Even more, her father decides that she will represent Japan, not the US...for the money, of course. Forget about principles. This is what riles a lot of folks. Osaka's attitude would appear to be fueled by an odd anti-white bigotry and resentment rather than a desire for social justice.

It's OK for an athlete to have political opinions, but if they are selective, disingenuous and hypocritical, then sure, they're going to breed a lot of bitter skeptics, aka "haters." What else can they expect?

In the meantime, I hope she's enjoying that 15-million dollar mansion in the Beverly Hills. She is much better off over there than here. She knows it and shows, she just won't say it. Because that's what hypocrites do.

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yes all of that above, absolutely.

Then Not to mention that “FTX” on her shirt in the picture.

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JeffLee.

Well put. I tip my hat.

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Assumably, sponsors have a "no play, no pay" clause in their contracts. Why she bothered entering her name in the Open smacks of hypocrisy.

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She's a headcase. Women tennis players peak early. Her career near the top won't last much longer.

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Blacklabel,the Fed want some answers,if they see she trying to avoid them , warrant will be issued,she over her head in a serious legal matter

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I have nothing against her personally,but her agent gave her bad advice for hooking up with FTX

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her agent gave her bad advice for hooking up with FTX

you’ve mentioned this 20 times in the last two days.

FTX showed her the money & they took it - so what !?

FTX & SBF deceived smarter people than these sports stars & their agents (including the federal government)

Do all agents now have to go through the finances of every company they receive offers from ?

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I am not a big fan of her either but people need to stop just pointing the finger at her and Tom Brady in regards to FTX promoters. Nobody mentions Ohtani, Shaq, Larry David, Steph Curry, Trevor Lawrence and etc over this.

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In the meantime, I hope she's enjoying that 15-million dollar mansion in the Beverly Hills.

If I can afford living in a 15 million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills and feeling I really do not like my job. I will quit and do things I enjoy. It is just this simple.

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Can anyone accept this? She admitted she has a problem, and I am sure she is getting help. I think personally think if she feels her head is not in the game then, she did the right thing to pull out, but let the reporters who don't have access to her put it, they say she didn't show up!! Sensational reporting and people like Yrral buys it! Makes you wonder who really has a head case

Osaka has previously talked about struggling with her mental health and revealed that she suffered depression.

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I feel sorry for her. And being hounded by the Press certainly does not help her situation.

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she's enjoying that 15-million dollar mansion in the Beverly Hills

yeh, nah, no sympathy

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This is not good for women's tennis.

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Meh, even though she's done in the world of tennis, she still has a year or so on the washout tarento circuit here, until they get sick of her not speaking the lingo and it stops being "cute".

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