Offseason in tennis provides tennis players with humble time to meet up with friends, and families and have a good time. Most players if not all prefer to tour the world, see exciting sites, and engage in a wide variety of activities. The essence of holidaying is to allow them to meditate about the past season, forget their worries, and also re-energize for the upcoming season.
Naomi Osaka seems to have used the off-season to the best of her ability. The Japanese chose to not only tour the world but also engage in community development activities, and support her fellow athletes who hail from Japan. Back in November, she joined Kein Nishikori in supporting the Women’s Sports Museum. The state-of-the-art facility will help nurture the talents of young girls who are passionate about sports. Nishikori donated a Wilson racquet while Osaka on her part gave a pair of Nikes. Their donations were put up for auction with the money earned, set to be channeled into making this project a success.
Osaka Finally Meets Rui Hachimura
Recently, the 22-year-old went to support her fellow countryman, Rui Hachimura who plays for Washington Wizards. This was the first time Naomi was meeting the 21-year-old baller. However, she admitted being her fan and always watching him occasionally play on TV.
“I’ve been seeing a lot of his games on the TV in Tokyo so I’m excited to see him in person,” she said. With Naomi in attendance, Rui Hachimura ended up pulling off an exemplary performance-dropping a career-high 30 points.
After the match, Osaka could not hesitate to praise him. In an interview, she said, “From what I see he’s a really good guy and someone that kids can look up to.” Both Naomi Osaka and Rui Hachimura got a mention on Washington Wizards’ twitter account.
The Japanese recent performance in basketball caught the attention of Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers’ All-star. He said, “He’s good. He’s very fundamentally sound. He has the tools to get his spots. Once he gets more games under his belt and finds his attack spots, he can only get better.”
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Naomi Osaka’s pre-season
Naomi Osaka is now set to get into her pre-season training ahead of the 2020 tennis season. She had a great time vacation in Caicos and Turks, which gave her enough rest. She will be looking forward to a season full of great achievements with minimal or no injuries at all.
Tennis prediction: Osaka chances to win the Australian Open
Even if Naomi will be the defending champion at the upcoming Australian Open, she is currently considered only the favorite no.5 to win the title this year by bet365.
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Osaka in Shenzhen, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.3, Osaka has a 40-11 win-loss record in 2019. Naomi is now playing in Shenzhen where she beat Petra Kvitova 7-61 4-6 6-4.
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