Rory McIlroy Supports Naomi Osaka's Decision to Take Break from Tennis

Published September 6th, 2021 - 12:38 GMT
Rory McIlroy (Photo: @McIlroyRory)
Rory McIlroy (Photo: @McIlroyRory)

Golf star Rory McIlroy has backed Naomi Osaka's decision to take a break from tennis.

The World No. 3 was eliminated from the US Open following her third-round loss to Leylah Fernandez.

A tearful Osaka said that she would be taking some time off after her defeat.

McIlroy admitted that he had faced similar difficulties in his career: "I spoke about this in 2019 about separating who I am as a golfer and who I am as a person and trying to not let that define me, and it seems what Naomi is going through at the minute is that same thing,"

He added: "She seems like a really smart girl, and hopefully she'll be able to do it and come back and start enjoying the game just like when she picked the racket up when she was a little girl."

Naomi Osaka (Photo: @Naomi_Osaka_)
Naomi Osaka (Photo: @Naomi_Osaka_)

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