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Naomi Osaka crowned an Opening Ceremony filled with dramatic moments

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Amy Bass (@bassab1) is a professor of sport studies at Manhattanville College and the author of "One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together" and "Not the Triumph but the Struggle: Th...

Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron to end Tokyo ceremony

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The tennis star is representing Japan as she looks to win her first Olympic medals. She is the No. 2 seed in the Olympic field and will face 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai on Sunday. Zheng is unseeded in the tournament. CL...

Meghan Markle quietly reached out to Naomi Osaka amid mental health break from tennis

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The four-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player thanked a number of famous faces, including the Duchess of Sussex, for their encouragement in an essay for Time magazine’s Olympic preview issue. "I wa...

Naomi Osaka: Kneeling to protest racism, wearing mask in pandemic ‘so obvious’

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Osaka wrote in an essay published Thursday by Time Magazine that she learned a few things from her mental health break from tennis amid scrutiny over her decision to forgo press conferences. One of the things she sai...

Naomi Osaka suggests ‘better’ press conference format, giving pro athletes ‘mental break’ from scrutiny

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Osaka’s letter was published in Time Magazine and comes after she bowed out of the French Open amid criticism and threats of punishment over skipping media availabilities that come with tournaments. Osaka, at the tim...

Naomi Osaka says the press conference format is in ‘great need of a refresh’

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Naomi Osaka says the press conference format between journalists and athletes is "out of date," as the Japanese star penned a first-person essay on mental health in TIME magazine's latest issue. The four-time grand ...

Tennis legend Boris Becker blasts Naomi Osaka for skipping Wimbledon

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"If you can’t deal with the media, it’s very difficult to be a professional tennis player," Becker told the paper. "The tour isn’t possible without the press. And it’s difficult to make your prize money, or money for...

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon to take ‘personal time,’ will compete at Olympics

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Osaka, who recently withdrew from the French Open because of her decision not to fulfill her media requirements, announced in a statement through her team that she would not participate at Wimbledon later this month ...

Bubba Watson says anxiety struggles of Naomi Osaka ‘hits a little close to home’

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Watson said her now publicized issues with anxiety, "hits a little close to home for me." "As someone who struggles with anxiety, my heart goes out to Naomi Osaka," he wrote on Twitter. "I applaud her for prioritizin...

Naomi Osaka, admitting depression, double-faulted by stiffing the press

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But what came back at her was a barrage of criticism that wound up knocking her out of a major tournament and, for now, the game of tennis itself. In the process, the 23-year-old superstar revealed that she is suffer...

French tennis boss takes heat for avoiding press questions after Naomi Osaka criticism

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Moretton called Osaka’s decision last week to boycott the media a "phenomenal mistake." After Osaka decided to withdraw from the event, Moretton expressed regret. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . "We are sorry...

Tennis officials in Naomi Osaka saga ‘needed to be more compassionate,’ ex star says

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Shriver, who won four French Open doubles titles, told the New York Post that tennis officials needed to be "more compassionate" in this situation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . "They needed to be more comp...

French Open’s statement following Naomi Osaka quitting amid media boycott backlash

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Following the announcement, French Open organizers released a statement saying that it’s "unfortunate" that she withdrew from Roland-Garros, but they "wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery." CLICK HERE...

After win, Osaka skips news conference in Paris, as promised

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That didn't mean she avoided a question about her problems succeeding on red clay. Osaka returned to Roland Garros after skipping the trip last time, turning in a mistake-filled 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked ...

Naomi Osaka conflicted over holding the Tokyo Olympics

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The second-ranked tennis player, who represents Japan, was asked about the games at the Italian Open on Sunday. "Of course I would say I want the Olympics to happen, because I’m an athlete and that’s sort of what I’v...

Olympic torch runs through empty park in Osaka as cases rise

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It came on the same day that the government said new coronavirus cases in Osaka hit 1,099, a single-day record for Japan's second largest metropolitan area. The torch relay began three weeks ago in northeastern Japan...