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Naomi Osaka



Naomi Osaka is a Japanese tennis player who has been ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association. She has been a leader in advocating for athlete’s mental health and well-being along with social justice issues.

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The Life of Naomi Osaka

Since she first beat her childhood idol Serena Williams, being in the spotlight thrust her into depression. She just quit the French Open citing concerns over her mental health. This is the story of Naomi Osaka.

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Naomi Osaka: ‘It’s O.K. Not to Be O.K.’

In the past few weeks, my journey took an unexpected path but one that has taught me so much and helped me grow. I learned a couple of key lessons.

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How Naomi Osaka Became the Highest-Paid Female Athlete Ever | Forbes

Naomi Osaka was only a year old when Serena Williams won her first grand slam title in 1999. Nineteen years later, Osaka beat Williams at the U.S. Open finals to win her first grand slam.

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Naomi Osaka Shouldn’t Feel Pressured to Rush Return to Tennis

Osaka’s mental health challenges are nothing new in her isolating sport. What is new is the acceptance she’ll face—and the paths back—if she takes a prolonged break.

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Naomi Osaka: “If You Don’t Fit the Expectation, Change It” | #StrongerTogether

Naomi Osaka is proof that the definition of an Olympian is broader than people think. The tennis star encourages girls all over the world to embrace their individuality. To be the ones who get to change the expectation.

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Naomi Osaka: “I Hope It’s an Inspiration to a Young Girl with Big Dreams to Know that Anything Is Possible”

The IOC talks with tennis star Naomi Osaka on the importance of sport and strong female role models in the fight for gender equality.

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Olympic Athletes Biles, Osaka Shift the Conversation on Mental Health | WSJ

Simone Biles’s withdrawal from competitions at the Tokyo Olympics has put renewed focus on mental health in sports. WSJ looks at how the stigma and treatment for athletes’ state of mind has shifted.

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‘This Will 100% Save Somebody’s Life.’ Athletes See a Turning Point for Mental Health After Naomi Osaka Takes a Stand at the French Open

Through the size of her platform, however, and her decision to choose well-being over pursuit of a Grand Slam title, Osaka offers the promise of bringing mental health awareness—both inside and outside of sports—to an entirely new level.

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Naomi Osaka Named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year as Lewis Hamilton’s Social Justice Work Is Recognized

The 23-year-old was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for 2021 after winning her second US Open title, but it wasn’t just her success on the court that contributed to her claiming the accolade.

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