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Naomi Osaka debuts Netflix docuseries trailer
The three-part documentary will debut on the streaming service July 16.
Published Jul 07, 2021
“No one really knows all the sacrifices that you make…just to be good.”
So begins the trailer to Naomi Osaka’s eponymous three-part docuseries, set to debut on Netflix July 16.
The series is an in-depth look at the Japanese star’s rise from humble beginnings to surprise Grand Slam champion, No. 1 in the world, and all that comes with it.
“Growing up, I was thinking I want my mom to be happy and stop working,” Osaka narrates. “She would work overtime and sleep in her car. For me, that was my whole point of playing tennis.”
The docuseries began filming in 2020, what was meant to be a pinnacle year for the would-be Tokyo Olympian before the global pandemic changed everything for the now 23-year-old Osaka.
WATCH: Osaka withdrew from Wimbledon citing mental health struggles but aims to return in time for the Tokyo Olympics.
She emerged from lockdown with an eye towards social justice, wearing face masks at the US Open dedicated to seven victims of racial injustice in the hopes of raising awareness for Black Lives Matter.
“None of these deaths had to happen, so I just want people to know their names,” she says.
The docuseries aims to track Osaka’s evolution, not only as a player, but as a person, one who grown significantly from the shy youngster with the powerful game.
“For so long I’ve tied winning to my worth as a person, so anyone who’d know me, would know me as a tennis player. So, what am I, if I’m not a good tennis player?” she asks as the camera zooms in on her iconic reaction to winning the US Open last summer.
Osaka's story continues to be written even after the cameras stopped rolling. The four-time major champion withdrew from Roland Garros and Wimbledon citing mental health struggles, but aims to be back in time for the Olympics, where she will be one of the host nation's biggest stars.
Check out the full trailer here.