Naomi Osaka spoke to the press during WTA Media Day at the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open. The world number one covered the following subjects:
Playing after her abdominal injury: “I feel good. I haven’t felt the injury much, but I’ve only been here since yesterday. Fortunately I have another training session tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes”.
Fitness: “I hadn’t served until today. Basically, I’ve been resting. These last three days I’ve been practising my big shots. It hasn’t been complete rest and what I’ve been doing hasn’t been painful. It’s looking good.
The Mutua Madrid Open: “The atmosphere is different. There are so many people, also coming through the qualifiers. That makes it a bit different from the rest of the tournaments. Unfortunately I haven’t done very well here, so I can’t say too much. But everyone I’ve met is really nice. And the food’s good”.
What she learned in Stuttgart: “I think I did quite well there. I played two really tough matches and I think I managed to get close to the level I had at the Australian Open. I had a good time and I’m already looking forward to my next match”.
Being number 1: “I think it’s just a phase. I feel old and young at the same time. I know that my career is something that I have to know how to manage. Of course, I’d like to relax and simply focus on tennis. But I don’t think I’ll ever have that luxury again. I see all those players coming through that were born in the 2000s… It’s crazy. I was in that situation so recently”.
Her year: “I’m really happy with my season. I try to look forward instead of dwelling on the past. I want to win more. Right now I’m thinking about winning here. I’m very happy with everything that has happened to me, but I can’t let that slow me down”.
Training at the Rafa Nadal Academy: “It was really great, everyone is so nice there and there is so much young talent. I found it very interesting, I’ve never been in an academy that’s not in America. It was a really beautiful experience. Different”.
Her meeting with Nadal: “You know how that goes: ’Hi, how are you?’. But he’s a wonderful person. He spoke more than me, I still don’t know what happened. Yesterday he was training just after my session and he spoke to me then too. It’s like… Wow!”.