Speaking about her mental health on the eve of the US Open, Naomi Osaka said in a message shared on social media that she was trying to change her “extremely self-deprecating” view of herself.
The two-time US Open winner wrote that she spent a lot of time thinking about herself over the past year, including her insightful battles with depression and withdrawing from the French Open to focus on her mental health.
“Lately I’ve been wondering why I feel the way I do, and I realize that one of the reasons is because I think inside that I’m never good enough,” wrote the 23-year-old , which is the third largest USTA. Placed women’s tennis player. “I never tell myself I did a good job, but I know I keep telling myself that I shit or that I could do better. I know some people have called me humble in the past, but when I really think about it, I think I’m extremely self-deprecating. “
Osaka said she would do her best to be more positive about herself.
She wants to congratulate herself on her own achievements and think positively.
Naomi Osaka after winning the 2020 US Open.AP
“When I see everything that is going on in the world, I feel like waking up in the morning is a win,” Osaka wrote. “Your life is yours and you shouldn’t judge yourself by other people’s standards. I know that I give my heart for everything I can, and if that is not good enough for some, then I apologize, but I can no longer burden myself with these expectations. “
Osaka’s mental health came into focus when she skipped press conferences at the French Open earlier this summer because she felt they were creating doubts for herself.
She was fined $ 15,000 for failing to meet her media duties and skipped other major tennis events before returning to the Olympics.
“Honestly, I feel like I did a lot of things wrong in that moment, but I’m also the type of person who is very much in the moment,” Osaka told reporters at the US Open media day on Friday. “However I feel, I’ll say it or do it. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. I think there are a lot of things that I learned to get better. Of course, I don’t feel like the same situation will happen again. I would say I might think a little more about it, as if I didn’t know how big it was going to be. “