Naomi Osaka, the 23-year-old who won the historic 2018 US Open against her childhood idol Serena Williams, has been in the headlines after her withdrawal from the French Open. The talented tennis player is now set to have a three-part docuseries on Netflix, releasing on 16th July.
The release of Naomi Osaka’s docuseries couldn’t come at a more perfect time after the star withdrew from the French Open over her media availability and the subsequent fallout as a result. She refused to sit for press interviews during this year’s French Open. The move created a huge debate in the tennis fraternity. Now, she is letting the public in on her own terms.
The docuseries is directed by Garett Bradley. She said about the docuseries:
“The series is about Naomi’s journey, within a snapshot of her life, but it’s also about life’s purpose, about personal worth, about the courage that it takes to allow one’s personal values to inform their work and vice versa. More than anything, I’d hope people can feel the power of empathy and to feel encouraged to take chances in life, perhaps especially in moments where the stakes can feel impossibly high.”
Here’s the official synopsis, per Netflix:
“This intimate three-part series takes us inside the life of one of the world’s best tennis players, Naomi Osaka. With unprecedented access, we follow Osaka during a historic two years in which she works on her game but also begins to find her voice. Whether she’s defending her grand slam titles — while wearing masks in defense of Black lives — mourning the unexpected loss of mentor Kobe Bryant, or finding her independence, the challenges Naomi faces on a personal level begin to align with those in the public sphere. Empathetic in its approach, the series chronicles Osaka’s hectic training and travel schedule, explores the layers of pressure she is under and reveals how she spends her time off the court hanging with her closest family and friends.”
Here is the official trailer: