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Naomi Osaka‘s mental health break from the press appears to be paying off both on the tennis court and away from it.

The 23-year-old No. 2-ranked tennis player in the world dominated her first Olympic match against Zheng Saisai of China on July 25, walking away with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. Following the match, Osaka did something she hasn’t in months: She spoke with the press and had nothing but positive things to say about how her break has helped her up her game.

Naomi Osaka’s mental health break has her feeling “happy again” and “focused.” (Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram)

“For me, I feel like more than anything I’m just focused on playing tennis,” Osaka told the press. “Playing the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break I took was very needed but I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again.”

When asked about how she feels being back in front of the media following her controversial decision to abstain from the mandatory post-match press conferences during the French Open, which led to a $15,000 fine and her eventual withdrawal from the competition altogether and Wimbledon too, the four-time Grand Slam singles champion told the media that her return probably was more “weird” for them than her.

“For me, honestly I don’t feel that weird about it,” she said. “It might feel weird to you guys, but I don’t know. I’m happy that I guess you guys are asking me questions but more than anything I was just focused on playing tennis and I guess I feel a little bit out of my body right now.”

“There’s nothing wrong with my body; I just felt really nervous,” she continued. “I haven’t played since France, so there were definitely some things that I did a bit wrong, but I think I can improve in the matches that I continue playing.”

Although Osaka took a hiatus on speaking to any news outlets directly, she’s still been dominating headlines, from her slew of magazine covers and Netflix documentary release to her Twitter clapback to Megyn Kelly. However, the recent highlight of her career was the July 23 lighting of the Olympic cauldron, kicking off the Tokyo Games.

Naomi Osaka came to the Olympics to win. @naomiosaka/Instagram

“I was super honored,” she said, also revealing that she’d known that the honor was hers since March and kept it a secret all this time. “That’s a position you dream about and not anyone can do it, so when they asked me if I wanted to I was very surprised but very honored and I’m just happy to be here and happy to play, especially in Tokyo.”

Osaka echoed the sentiment in a Twitter post, calling the cauldron lighting “the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life.”

Naomi Osaka Tells Reporters After Her First Olympics Match She’s ‘Happy Again’ Following Media Break: ‘I’m Just Focused On Playing Tennis’

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Usain Bolt Offers Sha’Carri Richardson Some Tough Advice Following Multiple Meet Losses

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is offering some words of wisdom to rising track star Sha’Carri Richardson following the young athlete’s fall from grace.

During a recent interview with the New York Post, the eight-time Olympic gold medalist was asked about the 21-year-old whose stellar performance in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at the new Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, last June was quickly overshadowed by a series of incidents, including a failed drug test, which subsequently got her disqualified from the Tokyo games entirely.  

Bolt told the media outlet that the best thing the Texas native can do now is stop talking and focus on what really matters. “I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much…,” he explained. A much speculated lack of media experience ultimately led to a dim in her once fiery fan support. Many have expressed belief that the young star’s trash talk proved damaging to her brand. 

“If you talk that big talk you have to back it up,” Bolt continued. The Jamaican-born sprinting phenom added, “So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back, do it and then talk about it.”

On Aug. 21, Richardson finished in last place in the women’s 100 meters as Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah dominated the race. Shortly afterward, an online feud seemingly unraveled between Richardson and Team Jamaican.

Bolt told the outlet he and his fellow Jamaican athletes were not impressed by Richardson’s attitude, considering a rivalry between American and Jamaican sprinters that picked up some steam dating back to at least 2012. 

“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” he explained. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]” 

Richardson has had a few incidents with members of the Caribbean nation. She was offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica by a Jamaican hotel owner, following her loss to Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished second in the Prefontaine race. Many people online found the gesture to be disingenuous.

‘You Have to Back it Up’: Usain Bolt Offers Sha’Carri Richardson Some Tough Advice Following Multiple Meet Losses

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TSRBrainGamez: Can y’all guess whose fresh mani-pedi this is, Roomies? (SWIPE)

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TSRBrainGamez: Can y’all guess whose fresh mani-pedi this is, Roomies? 👀 (SWIPE)

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TSRBrainGamez: Can y’all guess whose fresh mani-pedi this is, Roomies? 👀 (SWIPE)

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SWIPE and PressPlay to see the two moments everyone is talking about that happened at the end of the DondaEvent – KimKardashian came out in a wedd

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SWIPE and PressPlay to see the two moments everyone is talking about that happened at the end of the DondaEvent – KimKardashian came out in a wedding dress and performed what seemed like a mock wedding or reconciliation with KanyeWest . Also, KanyeWest left the stage on fire. @applemusic

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