A year after her emotional withdrawal from the French Open, Naomi Osaka is still moving from the stirring days in Paris. “I don’t want to lie. I was concerned before my return,” said the four-time Grand Slam winner from Japan before the tournament started in Roland Garros.
The 24-year-old, who did not want to take part in the mandatory press conferences last year and finally no longer took her second-round match after public discussions, was now concerned about how it would be recorded in the French capital. And whether she was able to solve unpleasant confrontations with people who might have hurt her behavior well.
“On the whole, everyone reacted quite positively,” said Osaka, who had taken a break until the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year to devote herself to their mental health. In the world rankings, the former number one slipped to 38th.
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In Paris, Osaka meets the American Amanda Anisimova in the first round, against whom she lost in three sets at the Australian Open.