“I had a blast on the court for the first time,” Osaka said own after this. “I have a new perspective and I’m very grateful that I have this career and platform. I’m also inspired and motivated.”
Thinking about how far she has come since going public with her struggles, she told People in April, “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to try to be present in every moment. It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come, but I prioritize trying to live in the moment and enjoy the journey. . “
And his spirits remained high as the year went on, the athlete tweeting July 30“Just read my old notes from last year…wow I’m a different person now,” and on August 4“I’m really at peace with myself. I didn’t think I could feel this way, it’s pretty interesting lol.”
He also put some of his acquired wisdom into a children’s book, The Way Champs Playwho posted a photo of his puppy Butta appearing to scan brightly illustrated pages.
“For me, I just remember being really inspired by books growing up,” Osaka explained to Roberts GMA last month, “so just hopefully passing that feeling on to the next generation is really cool.”
And it turns out the next generation is on its way, ready to point to the tennis court—or the bookshelf—and say, “That’s my mom.”