Naomi Osaka knocks Megyn Kelly for tweets that 'spew negativity' about mental health | TheHill


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Kelly criticized Osaka for being on a series of magazine covers, but Osaka said those issues were produced well before her break.

"Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year," Osaka said. "Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megan." 

Late last month, Osaka withdrew from the French Open to focus on her mental health.

“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” she wrote in a statement, adding she is concerned about people working in media and elsewhere who display “no regard for athletes mental health” and that it “rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.”

Kelly was discussing Osaka on Monday on Twitter with Clay Travis, a conservative sports pundit.

"Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue," Travis tweeted.

"Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag!" Kelly added.

Kelly, a former anchor on Fox News and NBC, hosts a podcast-turned-radio program on SiriusXM and recently garnered headlines for downplaying the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, suggesting the media made the attack seem "so much worse than it actually was."

In a subsequent tweet later on Monday afternoon, Kelly noted Osaka had blocked her after rebuffing the pundit's criticism.

"[Osaka] blocked me while taking a shot at me (guess she’s only tough on the courts)," Kelly wrote. "She is apparently arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. Truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it."

Poor @naomiosaka blocked me while taking a shot at me (guess she’s only tough on the courts). She is apparently arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. Truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it.

--Updated at 3:52 p.m.

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Naomi Osaka Has Blunt Response To Megyn Kelly's Comment

The Spun 19 July, 2021 - 01:34pm

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Sports Illustrated broke the internet on Monday when it announced Naomi Osaka is one of three cover models for this year’s Swimsuit edition.

In the hours since, two journalists – Clay Travis of Outkick and, more notably, Megyn Kelly – have taken to Twitter to blast Osaka for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover. Travis began the fiasco when he highlighted Osaka’s recent life since announcing her bout with depression, which caused her to withdraw from Wimbledon. Kelly then added to Travis’ comments, mentioning Osaka has also been featured on the cover of Vogue and Time magazines.

It didn’t take Osaka long to respond. She clapped back at Kelly for her lack of research. The tennis star then went on to clarify all of her magazine covers were shot last year.

Well said, Naomi. We’re not sure what Megyn Kelly or Clay Travis were trying to accomplish with their negative comments.

Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year. Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megan

— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 19, 2021

Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag!

— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 19, 2021

Naomi Osaka’s right. There’s no reason for Megyn Kelly or Clay Travis to “spew negativity.”

Osaka’s past year has been full of ups and downs. She’s obviously one of the more gifted tennis players in the world. Mental health has caused her to step away from the game, at the moment. Osaka, in the meantime, has received plenty of support in the midst of her battle.

Congratulations on all the success, Naomi!

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"Ironic as F***": Naomi Osaka Reveals She Couldn't Sleep After Coco Gauff Defeat at Australian Open | Tennis News

EssentiallySports 19 July, 2021 - 10:30am

In the second episode of the series, Naomi struggles with a dip in her form. The then defending Australian Open champion documents herself after her shocking defeat at the hands of American youngster, Coco Gauff. Reflecting upon her loss, she said, “For sure, I’m not gonna sleep.” 

Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open in 2019. In doing so, she ran riot on the court and instantly became the crowd’s favorite. Hence, fans were heavily rooting for her as she began her title defending campaign in 2020. However, against all odds and efforts, Naomi was eliminated in the third round of the tournament. This defeat hurt more since it came against her childhood friend, Coco Gauff. The American, who had lost to Naomi before, got her revenge over the Japanese star, who now struggled to process this result.

Naomi documents her struggle to cope with the loss. With the hope of feeling better, she sets out on a walk around the city. However, she stumbles on a piece of paper with an article about her match, titled “Gotta get a grip”. Infuriated, Naomi walks past it and documents her response. “Ironic as f***, totally ironic. Anyway, I just lost my match and I’m walking, headed towards no direction but it’s either walk or like don’t sleep and lose my mind… It’s bit scary but hey..,” she said.

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Fans received Naomi’s debut on screen well. However, they now look forward to her return to the court. Earlier this year, Naomi took a sabbatical from the sport on the grounds of mental health. She missed out on both the French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Hence, anxious fans have been waiting to see her back in action.

However, it was recently announced that Naomi Osaka will take part in the Rogers Cup. Apart from that, she will also make her Olympics debut at the Tokyo Olympics. Ecstatic fans can’t contain their excitement as their favorite makes her return to the sport. However, they continue to stay patient, well aware that it will be worth the wait.

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Naomi Osaka continues to win, on and off the tennis court. Recently, the Olympic gold medal hopeful graced the cover of a special ‘Women in Sports’ Olympics edition of Vogue Hong Kong. For the cover photo, Osaka wore a white bustier bodysuit and a matching oversized white mesh blouse. She paired the look with large, sparkling earrings that were appropriately shaped like tennis rackets. She wore with her hair braided and pulled back into an updo that resembled a mohawk. And the best part of all – the 23-year-old was styled and photographed by an all-Black team, a rarity for the Vogue franchise.

Her whole look was created by popular stylist Law Roach with Martin-Christopher Harper on the hair and makeup done by MUA Autumn Moultrie. The photographs were shot by AB+DM. The July digital cover comes just before the tennis star is set to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, where the Japan-born athlete is set to make her debut representing her home country.

Vogue Hong Kong posted the official digital cover to their Instagram page with the caption, “#NaomiOsaka is the first of three #VogueHongKong digital exclusive stars for the Olympic ‘Women in Sports’ special.” They continued by running down Osaka’s stats, including the fact that she’s ranked number two worldwide in her sport.

The caption continued, “Osaka is currently ranked 2nd worldwide for singles in Tennis, and will be competing in the #TokyoOlympics where she will be making her debut representing Japan! At just 23 years old, Osaka is the world’s highest-paid female athlete, and also takes the time and effort to give back to the community, empowering women in sport with her initiative, the Naomi Osaka Play Academy.”

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