Story at a glance
- Tennis star Naomi Osaka said Friday she will temporarily cut out certain social media apps after an early exit from the Australian Open.
- This was her first major competition since taking a mental health break last year.
- American Amanda Anisimova defeated Osaka in three sets.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka said Friday she will temporarily cut out certain social media apps after an early exit from the Australian Open, her first major competition since taking a mental health break last year.
“The first thing that I’ll probably do when I look at my phone is delete Instagram and Twitter, and then I probably won’t redownload it for a couple of weeks,” the four-time Grand-Slam champion told reporters following the match, according to Insider.
Osaka added that her loss to the unseeded 20-year-old American Amanda Anisimova is “exciting” because it is “showing the growth of tennis.”
“I feel like now I’m in this position where if I lose to someone, it might make a headline, but I also think it kind of grows more superstars, and I feel like that’s good for the game,”
Anisimova, a New Jersey native who defeated 14th ranked Osaka in three sets, commended Osaka and said she really stepped up given her opponent’s talent.
“Naomi is an absolute champion, so I knew I had to really step up my game,” Anisimova continued. “I think I started doing that in the second set. I’m so grateful I was able to play so well today and get this win. It means a lot.”
“I fought for every point; I can’t be sad about that,” Osaka said. “You know, like, I’m not God. I can’t win every match, you know. So, I just have to take that into account and know that it would be nice to win the tournament, but that’s, like, really special.”
The 24-year-old took a widely publicized two-month break last year, withdrawing from the French Open after declining to attend a mandatory news conference due to a dispute with a referee at Roland-Garros. Osaka proceeded to detail on social media her years-long battle with depression, saying she had struggled since 2018.
The defending Australian Open champion then competed in last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, where she made it to the third round.
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