4-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka seems to be set to return to tennis shortly after getting “that itch” to play once more.
Osaka stated on the U.S. Open earlier this month that she would take a break from the sport to focus on her psychological well being following a 3rd spherical defeat by Leylah Fernandez.
However the 23-year-old participant stated on HBO’s “The Store” that she nonetheless cherished the game and was already seeking to get again to the court docket.
“I do know I’ll play once more, most likely quickly as a result of I form of have that itch once more,” she stated. “However it would not actually matter to me if I received or misplaced. I’d simply have the enjoyment of being again on the court docket.”
Osaka, who has slipped to seventh on the planet rankings, stated powerful matches had begun to take their toll on her and he or she wanted the break to refresh.
“I used to like the competitors and simply being aggressive. If I had been to play an extended match, the longer it was the extra enjoyable it was for me,” she stated.
“Then I simply began to really feel — not too long ago — the longer it was the extra wired I grew to become. However I simply wanted a break to go inside myself.”
Roger Federer has added his voice to the rising requires adjustments in how gamers and the media work together after the difficulty of gamers’ psychological well being got here into the highlight when Osaka withdrew from the French Open in a row with match officers over media duties.
Sloane Stephens and Shelby Rogers additionally spoke after their U.S. Open matches about how social media abuse impacted on their psychological well being.
Federer, who shares the lads’s report of 20 main titles with Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, stated the scenario wanted a rethink.
“I feel gamers, the tournaments, journalists, we have to sit down collectively in a room and go, ‘OK, what would give you the results you want and what works for us,'” Federer told the British GQ magazine on Monday.
“We want a revolution. Or at the least an evolution of the place we’re in the present day.
“Even when I’m feeling down I do know I have to act a sure method in entrance of the world’s press. We have to do not forget that tennis gamers are athletes and professionals, however we’re additionally human too.”