Naomi Osaka will be personally narrated by the tennis star herself and is set to look back at the 23-year-old’s upbringing and how her 2018 US Open win turned her into an “overnight superstar.” Director Garrett Bradley explains, “The series is about Naomi’s journey, within a snapshot of her life. But it’s also about life’s purpose, about personal worth, about the courage that it takes to allow one’s personal values to inform their work and vice versa.”
As Bradley adds, “More than anything, I’d hope people can feel the power of empathy and to feel encouraged to take chances in life, perhaps especially in moments where the stakes can feel impossibly high.”
Despite pulling out of Wimbledon, Osaka is set to return to the competitive world of tennis in just a few weeks when she competes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Currently ranked as world No. 2, Osaka’s exit from the French Open has seen her speak candidly about her depression, which she has suffered from since winning her first grand slam title in 2018.
“I feel like the platform that I have right now is something that I used to take for granted, and for me I feel like I should be using it for something,” said Osaka in a press release for the new documentary. “I believe, instead of following, you have to make your own path.”
The three-part documentary will air on July 16.