Take notes, people. Naomi Osaka is opening up about how she prepares (both mentally and physical) to step on the tennis court.
The 23-year-old professional athlete recently sat down for an exclusive interview with PureWow, where she discussed her plans for the 2021 tennis season. Although the majority of her physical work is done “in the off-season,” Osaka revealed that her mental training is “a bit more challenging.”
“Tennis is full of ups and downs, and I feel like I learn from every match,” she told PureWow. “The tough ones are valuable experiences that will help me out in the end.”
Osaka went on to explain how she copes with pre-match jitters, adding, “Going into Slam finals is definitely the worst. You can’t really sleep at night and you tend to overthink everything until the last minute. When that happens, I usually call my family, and they calm me down. Then, I go onto the court and hope for the best.”