Naomi Osaka is one of the most anticipated athletes at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. She has not played in an official competition since last May 30, when she retired from the Roland Garros following the decision of the tournament organizers to fine her for not showing up for a Press conference.
This follows the Japanese decision not to attend press conferences anymore in order to preserve her mental health, as she suffered from depression. And reiterating the concept that there is no regard for the mental health of athletes, who are also subjected to pressure from the media.
Osaka, for her victories on the court and for her battles for social inclusion, was chosen by the organizers of Tokyo 2021 as the last torchbearer: it was in fact she who lit the Olympic brazier.
But the golden moment of the Japanese champion, style and fashion icon, fought over by the most famous brands in the world, continues with new exciting goals off the court. Naomi has in fact become a doll of the Mattel universe for Barbie Role Models, a line of toys that Mattel has dedicated to inspirational female figures such as cosmonaut Anna Kikina, supermodel Adwoa Aboah, designer Karen Walker or entrepreneur Cristina Fogazzi.
But not only. NETFLIX has released a three-episode Japanese tennis docuseries, streaming from July 16th. The series is an intimate portrait of her life and spans a period from her origins to her current career as a Japanese professional tennis player. At the center of the scene, always and in any case.
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games took place yesterday. It was a ceremony different from the others, which sent messages of encouragement to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To close the ceremony and light the prestigious Olympic brazier was Naomi Osaka, one of the most beloved and appreciated athletes in Japan. The young champion appeared very excited, but she did her job in the best way possible and kicked off the Olympic Games.
Precisely because of her nocturnal commitmen, the ITF published the new order of play of the first day and rescheduled the opening of Osaka. The four-time Grand Slam champion was supposed to inaugurate the Center Court against Saisai Zheng. The first match will be played by Iga Swiatek and Mona Barthel.