Naomi Osaka said on social media Friday that she was “back” on the tennis court after making a tearful outing at the US Open two months ago, saying she was taking a hiatus.
The four-time Grand Slam champion of Japan tweeted two photos with her holding a racquet on a court, one of them showing her wearing training clothes.
“A little rusty but it feels good to be back,” Osaka tweeted with the photos. “I really want to say thank you everyone for all the kind messages, I really appreciate it.”
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It was a stark contrast to her appearance and emotions on September 3 in New York City when she revealed her displeasure at playing tennis following a loss to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez.
Osaka, who had been the defending champion, admitted after the loss that “I got some stuff to do with it,” then explained her emotional turmoil.
“I feel like for me recently, when I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad, ”Osaka said. “I don’t think this is normal. I didn’t really want to cry.
“Basically I feel like I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and honestly, I don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match.
“I think I’ll take a break from my game for a while. Osaka, in fact, hasn’t played a WTA event since losing to New York. Her tweet gave no indication of when and where she might return.
World number 13 Osaka, who celebrated her 24th birthday last month, is the defending Australian Open champion, which is set to begin in Melbourne on January 17.