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Former world primary Naomi Osaka has admitted having “a lot of regrets” and stated she’s soul-searching through the coronavirus lockdown for tactics to develop into extra assertive.
The 22-year-old Japanese, who stormed to prominence by successful back-to-back Grand Slam titles on the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open, stated she believed her shyness was holding her again.
“I think people know me as being really shy,” she advised CNN Sport from her dwelling in Los Angeles.
“I need to additionally take the quarantine time to only take into consideration all the pieces, and for me, I’ve a number of regrets earlier than I fall asleep.
“And many of the regrets is because of (the very fact) that I don’t communicate out about what I’m pondering.”
The soft-spoken Osaka has spoken candidly about her struggles with success, and stated final yr that she felt depressed after reaching world primary following her win in Australia.
She stated she would really feel extra snug if she spoke up and took extra management of what was taking place round her.
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“There’s a lot of times where I see myself in situations where I could have put my input in, but instead I’ve held my tongue and things kept moving in a way that I didn’t really enjoy,” she stated.
“I feel like if I asserted myself, I would have gotten the opportunity to see what would have happened.”
With return dates for tennis nonetheless unsure, Osaka stated she was utilizing the surprising free time to attempt new issues, like drawing and sketching.
“Part of me is a bit concerned (about not playing tennis), but also I know that other players are in the same position as me, probably,” she stated.
“I just think that, it’s not like I’ll forget how to play tennis. I also don’t want to train five hours a day right now because I think that’s how you get burned out and you never know when tournaments will start again.”