What Is The Story Behind The Naomi Osaka Docuseries?
As for what Osaka herself hopes the docuseries will offer her audience? As well as insight into her character, the docuseries will highlight the social issues and movements she's lent her voice to. "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," she said in a statement about her self-titled series."I believe, instead of following, you have to make your own path."
Naomi Osaka will follow the athlete's two-year journey as she rapidly becomes one of the world's greatest tennis players, as well as moments where she valued using her voice. Especially on the court, such as when she wore a mask honouring George Floyd and the lives lost to police brutality and racism.
Director Garrett Bradley revealed that "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."
From one look at the trailer, it's easy to see that the series is set to dive deep into Osaka's Haitian and Japanese heritage and her family life, neither of which are all that public.
"Whenever I'm in hard situations, [my dad has] always told me my ancestors were on the ship for, like, 40 days," she explains in the preview. "I use that as strength."
Is There A Trailer For The Naomi Osaka Docuseries?
Netflix released docuseries' first trailer on July 8. The glimpse into the series shows Osaka forming her own identity, worrying about her worth and maintaining a "squeaky reputation”, and questioning who she would be without those things.
“For so long, I’ve tied winning to my worth as a person,” she says in the trailer.
“Anyone that would know me, they know me for being a tennis player. So what am I if I’m not a good tennis player?”
When Will The Naomi Osaka Docuseries Be Released?
Keep your eyes peeled for three 40-minute episodes of the docuseries airing on Netflix on July 16.