Mari Osaka, the low-ranking sister of four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, has announced her retirement from professional tennis and openly admitted that she did not “enjoy” her unspectacular career on the court.
Always overshadowed by her superstar sister’s success in sports, the 24-year-old stated that she wants to focus on projects outside of the game.
“I’ve retired from playing tennis,” wrote Mari on Instagram. “But I’m grateful for all the memories and support I’ve gained and received through the sport over the years.
Mari Osaka has openly announced her retirement from professional tennis, stating that she “ultimately didn’t enjoy the sport”. Mari, who recently focused on her artwork, has recently collaborated with her sister Naomi on several projects. pic.twitter.com/u7LmTzTOHB
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“I’m moving on now so you can look forward to new fun projects coming up in the future.”
The elderly Osaka has spent most of her career on the ITF circuit and never managed to climb above 280 in the rankings.
World number two Naomi Osaka had previously said that her sister was much stronger in tennis than she was when she was younger.
“She beat me 6-0 by the time I was 15, ridiculous,” said Naomi.
“I don’t know what happened, maybe something finally clicked in my head, but I am sure she hit me. On the profit and loss balance, it’s up a million or so. “
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