Naomi Osaka is believed to have had a weight gain by many after her match at the 2022 US Open. Some people disagree whereas others think the tennis player has gained weight due to depression. Naomi Osaka herself has never said that she had had weight gain due to depression when she opened up about it.
Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player who is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion. She won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open. Besides that, she has seven titles on the WTA Tour which includes two at the Premier Mandatory level. She is also the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.
She became the first woman after Serena Williams in 2015 to win successive Grand Slam singles titles, and she was the first to win her first two in successive majors since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. She has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
She recently had an unfortunate loss to Danielle Collins at the 2022 US Open which has thrust her into the spotlight. Many people think she has had a weight gain. However, others disagree. Either way, let’s find out more about Naomi Osaka’s weight gain!
Naomi Osaka’s Weight Gain: People Speculate The Reasons Why The Tennis Player Gained Weight!
The latest unexpected and shocking defeat of Naomi Osaka (@naomiosaka) in the first round at the 2022 US Open to Danielle Collins on Tuesday night has not just put a damper on her tennis career going forward but also invited a lot of negative attention to her and speculations about her weight gain.
In the aftermath of the game, a lot of people have revealed themselves to be very concerned about Naomi Osaka’s ‘notable’ weight gain and the lack of media attention on it. They were saying that it was very uncharacteristic for a 24-year-old pro-athlete and questioned if there is an underlying health issue. Of course, they framed the question in a way so as to be seen speaking of it from an athletic point of view. But I don’t think Naomi would be any more appreciative of it that way either.
Some people tried to defend Naomi Osaka from that kind of harsh scrutiny when she is at her low point and responded to the weight gain comments by saying that they were reading too far into it and that people’s weight fluctuates more often than we know so they don’t look the exact same always and it could be the outfit as well. Such fans were of the opinion that you can always find a bad angle of someone and that’s what it was. She was never built super skinny but she has not gained ‘notable’ weight as well.
There were other groups of people as well who indeed thought that Naomi Osaka had weight gain. According to their observations, Osaka had been gaining weight steadily for years, and not that she is overweight, at least not for the general population, but for an elite athlete, she is carrying too much weight in a sport that requires both quickness and endurance. And with all the resources she has at her disposal, she should be able to get herself in better shape than this.
Naomi Osaka’s fans came to her defense at such comments about her needing to get herself in better shape and said that whatever her weight is, it has never limited her as a sportsperson so, those sorts of remarks are needlessly hurtful and condescending.
However, such remarks and speculations about weight gain were never going to stop. People speculated that it might be because of the side effects of the antidepressant. She has only ever mentioned going to a therapist and never about antidepressants but off they went about that. While some chalked it to the pills, others said that it was because of the depression itself.
Now, we don’t know if Naomi Osaka’s weight gain had anything to do with depression or not because she never told but she did talk about suffering from depression. She revealed that she had ‘suffered long bouts of depression‘ ever since she got the victory against Serena Williams at the US Open back in 2018. She even sat out the French Open press conferences in order to ‘take care of herself mentally.’
Naomi Osaka posted a statement on Twitter explaining her decision to pull out of the French Open in which she said that she often felt that people have no regard for athletes’ mental health which rings especially true whenever she sees a press conference or partakes in one because the athletes including herself are often just sat there and asked questions that they have been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into their minds, and she was not going to subject herself to people that doubt her.
Anyway, Naomi Osaka had depression for a long time but we don’t know if it is the reason for her weight gain. And also, this is not the first time she had been targeted for weight gain. This had started even before she opened up about being depressed. She once shared some poolside snaps of her chilling, one of which was a picture of her in a yellow bikini. That photo had people commenting whether she was pregnant or had gained weight due to being quarantined.
Her boyfriend recently was falsely rumored to have undergone weight gain as well.