Tennis ace Naomi Osaka is set to open her life and career to the cameras for a new Netflix documentary.
The 23-year-old Japanese made headlines in late May when she left the French Open because of her mental health.
Osaka, considered one of the best players in the world, got into an argument over appearing at press conferences.
After threatening fines, she withdrew completely.
The series spans two years and captures some milestones in the young gamer’s life.
Now fans can see the real pressure the star was under before making the decision.
The series will air on the streaming service next month.
What is the documentation about?
With unparalleled access, Netflix follows Osaka as it battles for Grand Slam titles and makes a name for itself around the world.
However, she soon mourns the unexpected loss of mentor Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a plane crash in January 2020.
Osaka is also beginning to leverage its social change platform by wearing masks in defense of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Netflix says they have “intimacy on the fly” while filming while recording their hectic exercise and travel schedule.
This includes the pressure she feels as a woman in public and the balance in her private life.
She also delves into her Haitian heritage and connection with Japan.
It is unknown if the film commissioned prior to their withdrawal will include the redevelopment.
What does Naomi Osaka’s resignation statement say?
On May 31, Osaka released a long statement regarding their decision to withdraw from the French Open.
In it, she explains her fear of press conferences and threatens fines if she refuses to hold them.
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The statement said: “I think the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being now is that I step back so everyone can focus on tennis again in Paris.
“I never wanted to be distracted and I accept that my timing was not ideal and that my message could have been clearer.
“More importantly, I would never belittle mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is, I’ve had long periods of depression since the 2018 US Open and had a really hard time dealing with it.
“Everyone who knows me knows that I am an introvert, and anyone who has seen me at tournaments will notice that I wear headphones a lot because it helps alleviate my social anxiety.
“Although the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I especially want to apologize to all of the cool journalists I may have hurt), I’m not a natural public speaker and I get big waves of fear before speaking to the world’s media.
“I get really nervous and stressful, always trying to get involved and give the best answers I can.”
She adds that she believes the mandatory press conference rules are “out of date” and wants to “practice self-care” by skipping the conferences.
“I’m going to take some time from the court now,” she concludes. “But when the time is right, I really want to work with the tour to discuss how we can make things better for the players, the press and the fans.
“Anyway, I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy, love each other and I’ll see you when I see you.”
When is the documentary coming?
The three-part series will be released on July 13, 2021.
There will be extensive discussions with Osaka, her friends and family.
Life away from the pitch is also filmed behind the scenes.
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