After pulling out of several tournaments citing her battle with depression and anxiety, tennis star, Naomi Osaka has confirmed that she wants to compete at the Tokyo Olympics and to participate in press conferences.
World number two said she was getting ready to play on home turf at the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Games, having withdrawn from Wimbledon and the French Open.
Noami said: “I am preparing myself little by little so I can be at the top of my game for the Olympics.
“Since getting the attention of the world, I’ve always had bouts of anxiety. This is especially the case in the lead-up to big competitions.”
The Japanese player had said post-match news conferences were detrimental to her mental health and likened them to “kicking people when they’re down”.
She later revealed her battle with depression and anxiety in a post on social media, saying she wanted to take time away from the game to get better.
She was fined $15,000 and threatened with disqualification from Roland Garros after refusing to honour mandatory media commitments.
French Open organisers protested that they had treated her with “care and respect” after they were accused of being heavy-handed.
Osaka’s agent said last month that she had withdrawn from Wimbledon to spend time with friends and family.
But he added that she was “excited to play in front of her home fans” at Tokyo 2020, which begins on July 23.