‘I get homesick and it makes me sad,’ admits Naomi Osaka as she dissects European weakness

Naomi Osaka thinks homesickness is what has prevented her from making a breakthrough in Europe, but she believes she has a solution. 

Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion, yet they have all come at either the US Open or the Australian Open.

Her record in Europe is considerably worse, with her never managing to get past the third round of Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

In fact, all seven of her career titles have come in Asia, America, or Australia, and she has never been able to reach a final in Europe so far.

She, though, believes long stretches of time away from home undermine her focus, and she will try to manage her schedule more carefully to try and raise her game in Europe.

“I’m not really sure what a normal schedule is but I’ve never thought of myself to be the type of player that would play week in and week out,” Osaka said.

“I personally get homesick quite often and it makes me kind of sad sometimes.

“I’d love to just travel somewhere and just really focus on that tournament; for me that is something that I’ve learned works for me.

“Hopefully it will work for me this time in Europe because my results there haven’t been that great, but I feel like every year I am on tour I learn more about myself and what type of schedule I like to play.”

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