Naomi Osaka is seemingly falling in love with American football as the four-time Grand Slam champion had a blast watching a college football game this past weekend. Osaka, who resides in Los Angeles, went to watch the University of Southern California (USC) versus San Jose State.
The USC won 56-28 and Osaka enjoyed the game very much. “Ngl (not gonna lie) football is really fun once you understand the rules,” Osaka captioned her Instagram Story.
Osaka preparing for a tennis comeback
After announcing the birth of her first child in July, 25-year-old Osaka is working on a tennis return.
Osaka is set to miss the entire 2023 season but her plan is to play again at the start of the 2024 season in Australia. When Osaka returns to the court, she will be extremely motivated to do well and make her kid proud. Just recently, Osaka opened up on what’s her perspective on her career now that she is a mother.
“Actually, there was a lot of pressure I felt for me. For me, I always had the assumption that if you have a kid, it’s basically the end of your career. I don’t really see a lot of women on the tennis tour with kids.
They are usually a bit older, and it just seems like a very hard taxing on your body. I just never really thought if I had a kid, I’d go back on the tour. But I feel like it was a magical moment for me. It just made me think of all the things I love and appreciate and it just made me really want to work hard.
I’ve played tennis since I was three and I want to appreciate the time that I can still play. In my head, I wondered why guys younger than me or around the same age as me are able to have kids and they’re kind of just walking around like ‘Everything is fine!’.
. And it irritated me a lot because I was more accomplished than them. They weren’t dealing with any of the repercussions that women have if they need to have a kid so that kind of softened the pressure for me,” Osaka said on the Mountaintop Conversation podcast.