Naomi Osaka speaks on finding success more ‘off the court’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Naomi Osaka speaks on finding success more ‘off the court’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Japanese star Naomi Osaka, who recently won the 2021 Australian Open becoming only the second player since former Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova to win four career Grand Slam titles, writing for the Wall Street Journal has described her routine during the pandemic year and how she spent her time off the court for such a long period.

“This year brought so many changes in the world and in so many people’s lives. As someone who has spent most of my adult life on the road traveling, the pandemic taught me the beauty of stillness. The inability to travel grounded me not only physically but also in my character. It allowed me to explore and expand my mind and my heart and to grow in new ways,” she wrote.

Naomi Osaka says, “My own happiness has much more to do with success off the court than on it”

Naomi Osaka wearing masks in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement with the names of victims of racism.

The 23-year old who won her 3rd Grand Slam title at the US Open before the world into the lockdown, was surprised on how without being able to travel, she became more aware of the global concerns.

“For the first time I was able to read and watch the news more often and more in depth and to understand the issues affecting the world,” she added.

During the US Open, following the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, Naomi was seen wearing different face masks with the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ written in support to call out the racism that still prevails in society.

“I also discovered that I am now very comfortable in my own skin—with who I am and where I come from,” she further wrote.

“That has given me the confidence to speak up and use my voice, where appropriate, to address issues that I care about. I didn’t always have that strength or conviction,” she added.

Voicing her opinions on the different issues, the Japanese star is slowly turning into a global icon and an inspiration specially for young girls.

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