Naomi Osaka is ‘terrified’ about the release of her new Netflix series: ‘This is not like a tennis match’
Naomi Osaka has mixed feelings about her latest project.
On Friday, the 23-year-old tennis star shared the movie poster of her new Netflix documentaries, Naomi Osaka. The three-part series, co-executively produced by LeBron James, shows how Osaka navigated to her fame after the 2018 US Open, when she was just 20 years old. In a screenshot of a message typed into the Notes app, she admitted she was “terrified” before the documentary’s release, especially after recently making headlines for pulling out of two major leagues, citing concerns about her mental health.
“This is not like a tennis match where I win or lose and from there people can say if I did a good job or not,” she wrote in part. “This is a peek into my life from certain periods and I can’t fight the feeling of wondering how it will be received.”
Osaka added that the project is “in some ways my soul and a reflection of who I am” and hoped the project would be recognizable to others.
“I hope there are pieces that people can relate to and maybe other pieces that would help people understand why I make the choices I make. If not, that’s cool too, it took a while, but I realize that i can’t. please everyone and i really don’t try. when i go to sleep at night i can only hope i’m at peace with myself and i hope the same goes for everyone reading this i’m excited/ nervous for you guys to see it and hope you enjoy it lol Love you all and stay safe,” she wrote.
Fans took to the comments to share their thoughts on the documentary and praised the athlete for her transparency.
“I love you, watched it last night and got so many tears in my eyes. I certainly felt like I could identify with a lot. It’s good to be at peace with you. You are beautiful inside and out” , wrote one fan.
“After watching, I feel like we all have a little Naomi Osaka in us. Our travels are all so different, yet we all experience the same feeling,” said one.
“Excellent work Naomi congratulations. blessings,” one commenter added.
“Thank you for sharing something so tender and vulnerable,” another person continued.
This documentary comes weeks after Osaka announced she would be withdrawing from the 2021 French Open after announcing that she would not participate in the competition’s press conferences to protect her mental health, sparking widespread support and introspection about self-care. especially for athletes.
Earlier this week, Osaka’s influence was further showcased when she announced the release of a Barbie doll in her image, which sold out within hours.
“I really hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything,” she wrote in part in an Instagram post. “This is really a dream of mine to see come to life, have your own Barbie and possibly see little kids playing with it. Omg.”
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