Naomi Osaka is the tennis player of the moment: winner of the Australian Open 2021, loved and contended by brands and magazines, she is fast becoming one of the most sought after, influential and famous female athletes in the world.
However, in those years, her four Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open and the US Open, she has never matched brilliant performances in the European season, both on clay courts and on grass courts, especially, of course, at Wimbledon and at the Roland Garros.
During an interview she revealed: “I’m not sure what a normal schedule is, but I never thought to myself that I was the kind of player I would play week after week. Personally I am often homesick and saddened at times.
I would love to. travel somewhere and really focus on that tournament; for me it is something that I have learned that works for me. I hope this time it will work for me in Europe because my results have not been so great, but I feel that every year on tour I learn more about myself and the kind of program I like to play.”
Naomi and her strong personality
Osaka has a strong passion for fashion: she herself has declared that the passine for fashion is second only to that for tennis. In addition to her sporting achievements di lei, Naomi has also become an important figure in social struggles, as we saw last year during the protests following the brutal assassination of George Floyd, and at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Over the course of her career she has won seven WTA titles out of eleven finals played, four of which are Grand Slam tournaments: she boasts the victory of two US Open in 2018 and 2020 and two Australian Open in 2019 and 2021.
Following the first Australian success, on 28 January 2019 it also reached the first place in the world ranking for the first time. Naomi was the first ever Japanese athlete to win a Grand Slam title, the third in the Open Era to qualify for the WTA Finals in 2018 and the first Asian ever to reach the top of the WTA rankings.