“This part-time sh*t isn’t helping your mental health”


Tennis fans have responded on Twitter to the withdrawal of former world No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka from the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

The 24-year-old was set to take on Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round but pulled out on Thursday, saying her “body won’t let her”.

The Japanese player had a difficult season, withdrawing from several tournaments due to injuries and mental stress. She has fallen to 48th in the WTA rankings after early retirements at various events.

Some fans weren’t happy with Osaka’s withdrawal, with one suggesting that she should retire from the game if she’s in big trouble.

“ATP is just retiring sis this part time shit isn’t helping your mental health,” said one fan.

Another fan asked if she was even “playing” tennis at the time.

“Does that play? What kind of game is that?” read a tweet.

Here are some other fan reactions to Osaka’s withdrawal from the Toray Pan Pacific Open:

@ Ben Rothenberg Holy slap to the fans and the whole tournament.

@ Ben Rothenberg End of the season for Osaka. A kind of “season” in their terms…

Sometimes I feel like Naomi is going through something like all of us. Of course, as fans or just viewers, we’re thinking about what she should do, or we’re thinking about how she should fulfill her potential by doing XYZ. I hope she finds direction in the off-season. #naomiosaka

Can someone please tell Naomi Osaka that she will always be able to do business, but she will only be able to play tennis competitively while she is young?

Oh my god I hope Naomi Osaka, a very wealthy tennis player, puts the same attention and focus on her tennis development as she does on her clothes and styles. She seemed so fit playing against Daria Saville and suddenly went to? She seems lazy at tennis twitter.com/WTA/status/157…


“I’m really sorry I can’t compete today” – Naomi Osaka after her retirement from the Toray Pan Pacific Open

Naomi Osaka won the Toray Pan Pacific Open in 2019.
Naomi Osaka won the Toray Pan Pacific Open in 2019.

Naomi Osaka announced her withdrawal from the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was the defending champion, through a statement released through the organizers.

The former No. 1 said it was an honor for her to play in front of her home fans in Tokyo and apologized for not being able to compete.

“I’m really sorry that I can’t compete today. It’s an honor to play the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This was and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped onto the pitch today but my body won’t let me. Thank you for all your support this week and see you next year,” she said.

Ahead of the tournament, she mentioned that 2022 had been a year of “growth” for her, although it hadn’t been the best of her career. She even said she feels fit and healthy again after her injury-plagued season.

“I think the year wasn’t the best year for me of course, but I think overall I learned a lot about myself, I’m happy to be healthy because I got injured in Europe and that was the first injury, that I’ve suffered I long for so long to be healed. I think life is up and down and this one has been more down than up, but overall I’m happy with where I’m at right now,” she had explained.

With Osaka’s withdrawal, Haddad Maia advances to the quarterfinals where she meets Veronika Kudermetova.

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