What a racket.
Naomi Osaka nods to her larger-than-life tennis profession on the duvet of Hong Kong Tokyo’s July 2021 digital concern, clad in an appropriately athletic-themed outfit by David Koma.
Along with a white bustier bodysuit and matching outsized mesh shirt, the 23-year-old sports activities a pair of glowing outsized earrings formed like tennis rackets, together with her braided hair pulled again right into a mohawk-like updo.
Osaka posed for the photoshoot forward of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the place she is about to signify Japan.
“Tennis is a solo sport, you can’t depend on a teammate once you’re having an off day. It’s about trusting your self and the work you place in previous to the match,” she told Vogue Hong Kong.
Continued Osaka, “Chances are you’ll lose greater than you win, be advised ‘no’ greater than ‘sure’. However in the event you keep the trail and put within the work you might be the most effective model of [yourself].”
The 2-time Grand Slam winner could be the world’s highest-paid feminine athlete, however she’s been open about her struggles with being within the public eye.
“It isn’t straightforward having so many eyeballs on you,” Osaka stated. “Every with an opinion about who they suppose you’re with out understanding you first. I attempt to encompass myself with folks that know me greatest. On the finish of the day, the one opinion that issues is your individual and [that of] the folks near you.”
In June, Osaka withdrew from the French Open after refusing to take part in interviews, citing bouts with anxiousness and despair. She’s going to address her mental health battles in her Netflix documentary “Naomi Osaka,” which premieres on July 16.
“For thus lengthy I’ve tied successful to, like, my price as an individual,” she says within the restricted collection. “To anybody that will know me, they know me for being a tennis participant. So what am I if I’m not an excellent tennis participant?”