Naomi Osaka’s public image has duality. One of them is a professional athlete. Which juggles a lot in the public eye – strong tennis players and more notable celebrities. Others – introverts, not someone to enjoy the appearance of genuine emotions. Socially worried because of the lack of more appropriate phrases.
Dichotomy, right? The eponymous documentary:
The original Netflix series attaches to this difference and sees the star wrestling. With the moment of clarity and doubts – inside and outside the field.
Directed by Garrett Bradley nominated by Oscar. This three-episode series overshadowed Osaka’s life between two wins in the same venue. Meadow that flushed in New York where he won the US Open in 2018 and again in 2020 – two of four The grand slam title. So far.
We heard Osaka’s story with his voice. Montage from the childhood of Osaka’s Sisters quickly moved to the famous US Final 2018 open against Serena Williams.
Suppose there is a possibility that you don’t know the game. And everything that happens during and after that. In that case, this portion feels like the introduction to an ‘awkward’ champion, whose uncertainty with Stardom plays on television.
A drop near the cup as he walked to the camera followed by a forced smile. That almost tried to redeem the second pass.
This series is not about many opponents he passes or the incident he handles along the way. It’s about his most giant devil – himself.
Someone heard the internal monologist telling significant events in his life:
That we had just seen from one side – from the final and interviews in court with Cori Gauff at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2019 with his political message.
The viewers got a nearly comfortable chair close when he discussed his insecurity, both on the camera or through the video he shared with his followers on social media during his making.
Through it all, we see a clear itchy star under the crown. In one episode, we see the Osaka family gathered for Naomi’s birthday.
He asked his mother Tamaki a question that was a bit strange considering the celebration setting – “Do you think that at the age of 22, I will do a few more or is this acceptable?”
The soft guarantee of his mother doesn’t help. Schools and with eight hours of tight tennis lessons with their sisters, let’s every day, Naomi hasn’t seen life outside tennis and, with her own words, “too far along this way to come back now.”
The series also saw his agreement with his sudden mentor, NBA legend late Kobe Bryant. In the video recorded alone, he picked up his phone, showing a lock screen – a monochrome image from Bryant and him.
He wondered how he almost disappointed someone whose biggest lesson for him was to do his mentality. He scolded himself because it showed weakness, because he could not imitate the ‘Mamba Mentality Bryant and with the provisions by not having a call again.
Insights placing several things in the perspective on Osaka:
Withdrawal from open France this year on the grounds of a long struggle with depression. Dealing with it along with the necessary pressure to achieve to validate himself and his team cannot easily with a stinging question to go with anxiety – “What am I, if I’m not a good tennis player.”
Someone saw who was reflected in Osaka’s struggle to deal with being the first Asian to emasculate the WTA ranking summit. He claimed that he always felt it easier “to become a hunter”.
Ironically, ‘following’ is what he fought for when questioning his ‘darkness’ appeared after he chose to represent Japan and not the US at the Tokyo Olympics. These questions arose around the same time George Flloyd’s murder by a police officer at Minneapolis Shook America.
Right after winning the ’20, we opened the camera to Osaka in court, lying on his back, staring at the sky. The noise around dim him when he soaked his victory and almost indicated land reality. At that end, it’s just him. Itself – in victory and defeat, in disputes and fame. Acceptance, because the show revealed, was ongoing work.