Billie Jean King among tennis voices supporting Naomi Osaka taking break


New York Post 04 September, 2021 - 06:43pm 26 views

Is Osaka out of the US Open?

In tears after the third-round loss to Leylah Fernandez, the defending champion said she did not know when she would play her next tennis match. The New York TimesNaomi Osaka Loses at the U.S. Open and May Take a Break from Tennis

Is Osaka playing US Open 2021?

US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka to take a break from tennis after 3rd-round exit at Flushing Meadows. India TodayUS Open 2021: Naomi Osaka to take a break from tennis after 3rd-round exit at Flushing Meadows

Who is Leylah Fernandez mother?

Fernandez belongs to that list, too, although her route is unique. Her father and coach, Jorge Fernandez, was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and moved to Montreal with his family when he was a small boy. Fernandez's mother, Irene Exevea, is of Filipino descent from Toronto. The New York TimesCanadian Tennis Players Excel at the U.S. Open

Regarding “Texas enacts nation’s strictest anti-abortion law since Roe v. Wade,” (Sept. 1): I started medical school well after Roe v. Wade — so long after, in fact, that the complications of back-alley abortions were not even mentioned in my OB-GYN rotation. Perforations of the uterus, infections from unsterilized instruments and permanent scarring from incompetently performed procedures are now thankfully rare.

We doctors know that our patients sometimes lie to us, but a patient's honesty is going to be even more limited when she knows that telling us how her illness began could lead to a lawsuit. So we may not do the ultrasound that could show the cause of that infection or spot the injury that could lead to permanent disability, sterility or death, and the antibiotics we give may be wrong or inadequate.

The Texas legislators congratulating themselves for “saving children” will be to blame when other children — underage pregnant patients — die as a result of Texas’ ban on legal abortions, or when a family is left motherless because mom could not get a medical procedure done safely and legally in Texas.

Enjoy your “triumph,” Gov. Greg Abbott. Then calculate how much money the state of Texas will spend fighting legal challenges and taking care of critically ill post-abortion patients.

If it is alive, it has to be a “life” of some kind. Is it a plant life? No. Some wild animal life? No. So it has to be a human life. If this is disposed of, then obviously a human life is being destroyed.

How ironic that our “Christian” governor and cronies consider it such an urgent obligation to carefully craft a law that all but denies a woman’s choice to have an abortion, even in a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. At the same time, our governor has again opted not to extend Medicaid for low-income Texans while basically leaving emergency food assistance to the federal government and local charities, as well as making no provisions for safe housing for low-income residents. The state’s efforts to provide a decent way of life for these unplanned children seem heartlessly meager.

We must remember that the state’s obstruction of a woman’s right to choose the shape of her family comes at the very same time that our governor issues orders declaring that Texas schools and government entities do not have the right to infringe upon a citizen’s right to choose whether to wear a face mask or get a vaccination to protect fellow citizens from COVID, no matter how dangerous that choice might be.

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Osaka should take whatever time off she needs

Japan Today 05 September, 2021 - 02:51am

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Naomi Osaka does not owe it to anyone to play tennis for the rest of this season. Or, really, ever again.

The only person she needs to answer to at this point is herself.

The fans and the critics, the tournaments and the TV executives, the sponsors whose millions have made her the world’s highest-earning female athlete? They ought to let Osaka figure things out.

Because, clearly, she needs some time to do some thinking, and to do that thinking away from it all, away from the stresses and the pressure, whether on the court or off — and whether placed on her from others or generated from within.

“I guess we’re all dealing with some stuff,” Osaka said Friday night after her U.S. Open title defense was stopped by a 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 loss to unseeded 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez, “but I know that I’m dealing with some stuff.”

Has been, too, for quite some time. When Osaka pulled out of the French Open before her second-round match this year to take a mental health break, she revealed she has faced “bouts of depression” since 2018. She then also sat out Wimbledon, so the U.S. Open was her first Grand Slam competition in three months.

On Friday, as her lead slipped away late in the second set, Osaka repeatedly spiked or chucked her racket, then was warned for hitting a ball into the stands, outwardly expressing some of what was going on inside while playing in front of more than 20,000 people in Arthur Ashe Stadium — some of whom booed her — and millions more watching on television around the world.

She also quite literally hid from everyone — or blocked everyone out — by draping a white towel over her head while on the sideline.

“Normally I feel like I like challenges. But recently I feel very anxious when things don’t go my way, and I feel like you can feel that,” she said. “I’m not really sure why it happens the way it happens now.”

She went on to say she isn’t sure when she will want to play tennis again, which on its face is a rather remarkable sentiment, considering what Osaka’s professional life looks like from the outside at age 23.

A four-time Grand Slam champion. A former No. 1-ranked player currently No. 3. A superstar in Japan, where she was born — before moving with her family at age 3 to the U.S., where she is still based — and famous and successful enough to be given the honor of lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics.

“When I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad,” Osaka said Friday, words harder to come by than tears at that moment. “I don’t think that’s normal.”

It’s certainly not the way any of us would want to feel.

Osaka is fortunate in many ways, one of which is that she has a job, and a bank account, that allow her to go on as extensive a break as she needs. So it only makes sense for her to do that.

There is no event too important for her to miss, which is how she might have looked at the Summer Games.

“Take all the time you need to recover, rest, and heal, @naomiosaka,” International Tennis Hall of Fame member Billie Jean King wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Sending you love and support.”

During Osaka’s pre-tournament news conference in Flushing Meadows a week ago, a reporter asked whether she looks at the tennis court as some sort of sanctuary that allows her to forget about anything else going on in her life.

Is that a place where she can just swing her racket and worry only about that for a little while?

“It would be nice if there was that line for me, but no. I’m the type of person that everything is sort of the same. So, like, I feel like maybe you could see it earlier on in my career: If there was something that was not right in my personal life, you could kind of see it in my playing,” Osaka answered, shortly before the start of the last tournament she will play for who knows how long.

“So it would be really cool if I could draw that line and be able to be like a robot Superman that could go on the court, focus just on tennis. But, no, I’m the type that kind of focuses on everything at one time," she said. "That’s why, like, everything is sort of muddled to me.”

Ms. Osaka could benefit greatly by spending time watching coverage of the Paralympic Games. And talking to its participants. The courage and determination of these amazing athletes in the face of adversity may be just what this young person needs to gain true perspective. And our respect.

Time off for “bad behavior”? - Sure thing.

Osaka should take whatever time off she needs”… at least, until Nov 1. - In the meantime, she’s gotten a start on her Halloween costume. Like her current play and attitude, it does come up a little short here.

Is she getting help? Hopefully, she is being encouraged to do meditation and mindfulness training along with cognitive therapy to address the negative thought patterns she seems to suffer from. Even putting an earbud in one ear with her own voice saying things like, 'you're doing fine, you're okay, you're doing a great job, I love you'.

Spot on @Skeptical 7:49am:

“Ms. Osaka could benefit greatly by spending time watching coverage of the Paralympic Games. And talking to its participants. The courage & determination of these amazing athletes in the face of adversity may be just what this young person needs to gain true perspective. And our respect.” -

Perhaps helping & instructing others less fortunate would be her best, less stressful bit of activism and future?

She definitely, more than anything else, needs to ditch her present “inner circle” and “advisors”? They’ve got her on this deteriorating, self-destructive path.

No one is telling her to quit.

No one is telling her to keep playing.

She’s the only one causing her own drama.

Just make a choice already. And stick with it.

With the amount of money she's already earned, I could retire and live a life of luxury. If she quits now, she's hardly going to struggle financially, so why does she keep punishing herself? If she's not happy in the tennis world, then just quit or at least take an extended break. Are her parents away on holiday or what? Is she not getting help?

If you are unhappy when you win or lose, time to put your cue in the rack. Do some volunteer work to gain a different perspective on life. Often, the pressures of life come from those close to you who see a personal benefit from your own success. Time to reassess your goals.

No one is telling her to quit.

I think she should quit. She doesn't enjoy the game anymore, and she has enough money to live the rest of her life, as well as her kids, and their kids. And she's young enough to take a few years off and come back if she feels differently someday.

The wealth for Naomi Osaka is secondary, it is the prospect of condemning oneself to the indignity/humiliation of personal failure.

With success come responsibility, got to find the character, courage to rise above it.

All the money in the world will not replace or stem the thoughts and emotions of failure to attain one life's goals.

There is no quitting or walking away.

You can only improve and keep your body from declining is by giving it your all everyday and constantly try to push the body to reach new height. She has too much distractions and all the wealth, fame and attention has shifted her focus.

She should forget everything and just put her mind 100% on tennis. Skills that aren't constantly sharpen will eventually decline no matter how much talent you think you have.

She is getting rusty in my opinion and no longer as focus. Maybe less playing around and more on her training. Time to find a new coach because clearly the current one isn't cutting it.

Rest isn't what she need. That will probably make her skills even more worse. What she need to focus her mind back to tennis again.

There is only 2 option. Does she love tennis enough to keep playing on the world stage against other tough opponents or is she satisfied with her wealth and choose to live a comfortable life. There is nothing wrong with stopping but only those who push themselves forward can reach greater heights. If she stop now, she will probably not gonna catch up anymore. There is only so much limited time for a athlete to truly shine in their lifetime on the world stage while the body is still at it's prime.

Gotta love the reaction of NHK, which hysterically hypes the performance of any Japanese athletes at international tourneys by a factor of about million, to Osaka's latest on-court drama.

Nary a mention of her erratic performance and behavior. Is "her country" about to shuffle her off to the sidelines?

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