I might quarantine myself for the Olympics once more, Osaka says
© Reuters. The Japanese Naomi Osaka trains in Melbourne Park in Melbourne
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka said she was ready to quarantine for two more weeks to play in the Tokyo Olympics later this year if it would help keep people safe in her home country .
Two days after 14 days of isolation in Adelaide before the Australian Open, the US Open champion said she was ready to do anything all over again to play on home soil at the Olympics.
"I have the feeling that I will stay in my room for two weeks to take part in the Olympic Games," the 23-year-old told reporters on Sunday.
"I missed the last one. Playing in Tokyo would be very special for me. My concern would be the general safety of everyone else because you are opening up the country.
"Everyone flies in from different places. I just want the public to feel safe. I have a feeling that the athletes definitely want to play, but I want the public to feel safe."
Although plans change daily, Tokyo organizers are not currently considering quarantine for the 11,000 athletes participating in the Games.
Osaka's last competitive game was the final of the US Open last September. She looked forward to doing a fair amount of game practice at the Gippsland Trophy warm-up tournament at Melbourne Park this week.
"I'm really very happy," she said. "For me, I like it when it takes place in the same place. I know that we usually don't get that kind of luxury."
The US Open was played without fans, and Osaka said, while delighted that fans will be in attendance when the first Grand Slam of the year kicks off on February 8th, it had a downside.
"I think I get distracted by the crowd sometimes because I want to show off a little, so I do some crazy shots," she said.
"(But) I would say I definitely love it when a crowd is watching. I feel like you are kind of interacting with them. Sometimes they scream things and it makes you laugh."
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