Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, into a middle class family. Growing up, she was inspired by the Williams sisters, and wanted to become a professional tennis player. She worked hard, and was able to turn pro at the age of 16. Since then, Osaka became the first Japanese person to win a major, was ranked number one in the world, and has won four total majors. 

During her career, Osaka has struggled with anxiety and depression. In 2021, before the start of the French Open, Osaka dropped out because of mental health struggles. She has continued to battle anxiety and depression, but she is starting to play in tournaments again, and continuing to get better.

Osaka has been super open about her struggles, and her openness about her own mental health has helped destigmatize mental health for people all across the world. She is a great role model and inspiration to everybody who struggles with their mental health.

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