Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka just wants to have fun on the court and never again cry during her press conferences.
Osaka broke down in tears several times last year and publicly spoke about her mental health.
“I only really have one major goal this year, and it’s completely unrelated to results and stuff like that,” Osaka said, per Tennis Majors. “For me, I just want to feel like every time I step on the court I’m having fun. I can walk off the court knowing that even if I lost, I tried as hard as I could. Also I have a goal in the pressroom, that I’m never going to cry again, so hopefully that works out in my favour.
“I just feel like for me, I’m the type of person that cared a little bit too much about the results and the ranking and stuff like that. And I just need to find a way to enjoy the game again because that’s the reason why I was playing in the first place.
“I’m trying this out. Of course I’m not sure if this is going to work out well. I guess I’ll let you know after this tournament.”
Osaka thought she needed new goals
After a 2021 season which Osaka won’t remember for good, she felt she needed something new.
“For me, I think I’m just setting goals that I want to accomplish during the match because I feel like before I would go into a match, my only goal was to win. I didn’t really care about improving as a player. I thought that would just come naturally,” Osaka added.
“I think this time around I’m setting mini goals so that I’m able to not focus too much on the win itself but how I’m improving as a player and how all the hours that I’m putting into practice is able to come into fruition.”