Sunday Territorian

Tearful Osaka to take tennis break

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FOUR-TIME grand slam champion Naomi Osaka, wiping away tears after a stunning US Open upset loss, said she would take an indefinite break from playing tennis.

“I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match,” Osaka said, choking up and wiping away tears.

“I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”

With that, the defending US Open champion put on her Covid-19 face mask, rose and ended the news conference after losing to Canadian teen left-hander Leylah Fernandez 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

The world No.3 from Japan, who withdrew from the French Open and skipped Wimbledon over mental health issues that she said were exacerbate­d by speaking after matches, declined a chance to end the session before saying she planned to take a break.

“How do I go around saying this?” Osaka asked aloud. “I feel like for me recently, like, when I win I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal.”

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Naomi Osaka.

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