Simone Biles, Kyle Beach and Naomi Osaka highlight 2021’s inspirational athletes of the year

Naomi Osaka is one of the brightest stars in tennis.

Naomi Osaka is one of the brightest stars in tennis.
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Being a minority is difficult. Being a triple minority is even more difficult. So when you are black, Asian and a woman who plays a sport that has always been considered white … people tend to get angry when you don’t do what they want you to do, such as choosing not to attend press conferences where a lot of wrong questions are asked.

If Maria Sharapova had done what Osaka did, she would have been labeled a “mental health icon”. However, when a very shy mestizo woman did it because she preferred to pay a fine to preserve her peace instead of sitting on a podium, many in the media landscape have lost it.

Most journalists and members of the media prefer to ask questions, as many of them hate being the ones to answer. That is why it has always been quite ironic that so many of them insist that Osaka “do the woman” and do the thing they despise.

Months later, we still don’t know if Osaka will participate in the sport of tennis as it did in the past. And to think that all of this was about some questions that probably didn’t need to be asked for answers that many would forget.

Which raises another question: Was it worth it?

In 2021, a 24-year-old proved to us that self-care is primary care. The scoreboard should read: Advantage, Osaka.


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