Naomi Osaka says she has ‘itch’ to play tennis once more and prone to return ‘quickly’

Naomi Osaka plays a forehand shot during the 2021 US Open
Osaka has received the US Open and Australian Open twice every

4-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka says she’s going to return to tennis quickly after getting the “itch” to play once more.

The 23-year-old Japanese participant beforehand missed this 12 months’s French Open and Wimbledon to give attention to her psychological well being.

“I do know I will play once more,” Osaka instructed HBO present The Store.

Including that her return can be “most likely quickly”, Osaka mentioned: “I form of have that itch once more.

“It would not actually matter to me if I received or misplaced, I’d simply have the enjoyment of being again on the courtroom.”

In withdrawing from the French Open, Osaka revealed she had “suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy” since profitable her first Grand Slam title on the US Open in 2018.

She returned for the Tokyo Olympics, the place she lit the flame on the opening ceremony, however was overwhelmed within the third spherical.

World quantity seven Osaka mentioned a collection of robust matches had taken their toll on her, culminating in her US Open exit.

“I used to like the competitors and simply being aggressive,” she added.

“If I have been to play a protracted match, the longer it was the extra enjoyable it was for me.

“I simply began to really feel just lately the longer it was the extra wired I turned, however I simply wanted a break to go inside myself.”

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