Naomi Osaka reveals she 'finally' started seeing a therapist after Indian Wells heckling incident

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Tennis super star Naomi Osaka has actually promoted and focused on psychological health throughout her profession. The newest example comes following a heckling event at Indian Wells previously in March.

After beating Australian Astra Sharma 6-3, 6-4 in her first-round match at the Miami Open on Wednesday, Osaka provided an upgrade on how she was feeling. She exposed that she has actually begun seeing a therapist due to the heckling event at Indian Wells.

“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I finally started talking to a therapist after Indian Wells,” Osaka stated, according to CNN. “It only took like a year after French Open … I realize how helpful it is. I’m glad that I have people around me that told me to go in that direction.”

Here’s more of what Osaka stated about how Indian Wells impacted her, by means of CNN:

“I think for me, the situation in Indian Wells, I’ve kind of thought back on it. I realize I’ve never been heckled. I’ve been booed, but not like a direct yell-out kind of thing. It kind of took me out of my element. I feel like I’m prepared for it now. I was kind of bracing myself before the match to just know that’s a thing that could happen now. I think I just needed to change my mindset a little.”

The 24-year-old star stated her choice was affected by her sis, Mari Osaka, who “seemed very concerned for me.”

“I feel like I’ve been trying a lot of different things because I tend to internalize things, and I also want to do everything by myself,” Naomi Osaka stated.

She included that her coach Wim Fissette likewise encouraged her to see a therapist.

“He was like, ‘you hire a coach for tennis, for fitness. The mind is such a big thing. If you can get a professional to help you out .5 percent, that alone is worth it,'” Osaka remembered.

Osaka will deal with German Angelique Kerber in the 2nd round at the Miami Open.



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