LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - With two Grand Slam titles under her belt, former World No.1 Naomi Osaka is no stranger to success. But in an interview with Allure Magazine, the 21-year-old opened up on the drive that fuels her quest to be the best in the game.
"My parents weren't exactly the richest, so what am I going to do?" Osaka told Allure’s Brennan Kilbane. "I'm not really the smartest. I've been playing tennis my whole life, you know? So there's nothing I can imagine myself doing.
“It's either I have to be the best or I'm going to be homeless."
In the August issue cover story, Osaka also revealed why she doesn’t place too much importance on ‘talent’ and, despite her ranking, doesn’t feel better or worse than any other player.
"There's a certain point where talent isn't useful anymore, and from there you've just got to want to win more than everyone else," she said.
"I think that's something I noticed from an early age, so that's what I've been fortunate with. I mean, the way that I grew up and the circumstances that sort of surrounded me kind of forced me to think that way.”
Check out the August issue of Allure Magazine to hear more from Osaka, including the wildest match she’s ever played - and no, it wasn’t the 2018 US Open final - as well as a breakdown of “Naomi-bushi”, Osaka’s signature way of speaking in Japanese, a term that was nominated as one of Japan's buzzwords of 2018.