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Naomi Osaka Falls Out Of Women’s Tennis Top 10

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Former No. 1 female tennis star Naomi Osaka is dropping like a stone in the WTA rankings, falling from 7th to 12th this morning. Today’s ranking marks the first time that Osaka has dropped out of the top 10 in the last three years, dating back to August 2018.

The 23-year-old has essentially quit playing tennis right in the midst of her athletic prime, referring back to her mental health any time the media tries to question the unprecedented decision.

A four-time Grand Slam champion, Osaka pulled out of the French Open in May, sat out Wimbeldon in July, lost quickly in the Tokyo Olympics (Osaka is of Haitian and Japanese descent), and then lost in the third round of the U.S. Open to unseeded Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez. After the U.S. Open, Osaka said she planned on taking a break from tennis “for a while.”

Curiously, Osaka has found time to pose for magazine covers and do selective press events that interest her, but she still often blames “the media” for contributing to her mental health issues. All told, the situation feels peculiar and baffling at times, given that so few elite athletes buck their incredible opportunities to earn fame and fortune. Worse, too, is the fact that she tends to blame others for her problems, instead of understanding the unique responsibilities that come with professional athletics.

If her approach to the job she’s chosen doesn’t change, her drop out of the top 10 may quickly become a drop out of the sport, and public consciousness, altogether. Then again, maybe that’s what she wants.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Naomi Osaka and Cordae attend the 2021 Met Gala benefit “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Written by TK Sanders

TK is a southerner who has lived on both coasts and definitely prefers sunshine to snow. A former entertainment executive in Los Angeles, he was run out of Hollywood for misgendering a director's dog, and is now forced to blog for a living. Breaking 80 will always be his number one goal in life.

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  1. So basically TK Sanders is butt hurt Naomi is in control of her life and doesn’t give a fuck what the haters have to say and can still make MILLIONS without having to concede shit to the MAGA CROWD.. OMAY….Power to the people

    #NoReplacementJustBiggerSmarterStrongerThanYou

  2. Fame and fortune doesn’t always equate to happiness. I mean, dude, the look at her face at the douchebag Met Gala event says it all.. Ole girl looks miserable. Hopefully she gets the help she clearly needs. It is what is it but no need to applaud the pity party.

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