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It was mostly a practical matter when they lived in Japan, helpful for enrolling in schools and renting apartments. But as the girls grew up in America, their name would become a constant reminder of the homeland that they would one day represent.
The family moved to southern Florida in to focus on tennis full time. As other children went off on the school bus, the sisters trained most of the day on the Pembroke Pines public courts and were home-schooled at night. The girls grew in strength and talent, and in time, Tamaki decided they should meet their Japanese family, from whom she had been largely estranged for nearly 15 years.
And so, when Naomi was about 11, she and her sister visited their grandparents in Japan. Her parents took an interest in the girls, she says, but ridiculed their regime of home schooling and tennis training. Tennis was a hobby, they grumbled, not a profession. Back in Florida, the girls skipped many of the usual circuit of junior tournaments and, eventually, started competing against older players on the pro satellite tours, just as the Williams sisters had done.
With a growth spurt in her early teens, Naomi soon towered over Mari. The United States Tennis Association showed little interest in helping them develop. Rather than vie for support with hundreds of other talented young players in America, Francois made a pivotal decision: His daughters, from age 13, would play for Japan, the nation they left behind nearly a decade earlier.
Despite growing up in United States, with all the cultural references of a typical American youth, she told me: Her reluctance can create awkward moments at news conferences, with Japanese reporters asking questions that she answers in English. The Japan Tennis Association, facing a drought of top female players, offered them an opportunity.
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Above the tennis court — a Mondrian-like matrix of green, purple, blue and red boxes — four giant screens broadcast images of its headline act on the court below. It was expected to be a comfortable win for Osaka and her team, the Washington Kastles, but the circus atmosphere — and the pressure to win every game for a team that had brought her in just for this event, to help propel a playoff run — seemed to throw her off. Her first three service returns careered out of the court.
As the errors piled up, a sore right calf got worse. Two hours later, Osaka sat courtside, stone-faced, as her Kastles teammates pushed the overall match into a deciding doubles tiebreaker. The sisters had been planning this outing for months, but the W. After so many years of training and studying together, with few other friends or distractions around, Mari and Naomi have developed an indissoluble bond. Early on, Mari was the focus of attention. A childhood picture shows her hitting balls with her father while Naomi, her hair in curlers, wanders the court with a broom.
Mari had phenomenal drive and balance — she even mastered the unicycle — and could hit the ball on the rise at an early age. Naomi showed little promise at first and was sometimes relegated to a side court with her mother while Leonard trained Mari. In a way, this shielded her from the pressure that piled up on Mari as their parents learned by trial and error how to coax the most out of their daughters. Today, as Naomi arrives at top tournaments and Grand Slams with a sizable entourage, Mari usually travels alone to low-level satellite events, often in small towns and cities.
Even so, the sisters constantly conspire to hang out. Last year, the two played doubles together in a Tokyo tournament. In July, they joined the mobs at the Overwatch esports final at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, screaming every time a competitor was virtually shot. And they scored tickets for a Drake concert at Madison Square Garden just days before the start of the U. On this night in Washington, as the W.
Music is part of the ritual that Osaka has used to block out distractions, gird for battle and confer good fortune. I only change it when I lose. Pulling off her headphones, Osaka gave a bow to the umpire and to her first-round opponent, the Croatian-American Bernarda Pera. As she pulled a racket from her bag, shouts of encouragement rang out from her biggest cheering section: Team Naomi, led by Bajin, her upbeat coach. Osaka glanced over at her crew, and her face transformed into a shy smile.
Last year, Osaka dismantled the defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round of the U. Openand went on to the third round. This year, just three days after claiming the title in Indian Wells, she beat Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open. Once before, Osaka had chanced upon Serena in the locker room but was too awe-struck to say hello. At in the first set, Osaka winced as she stretched wide for a shot, reaching down to rub her calf.
She recovered and, with a series of bullet forehands and serves, finished off the set in a half-hour. But then she lost her mojo. Pera broke her serve twice with a series of deft drop shots. Osaka laughed sarcastically at her own missed shots, but she fought back each time, ultimately tying up the set, A point later, the match was over.
Team Naomi put a positive spin on the match. In the second round, against the Polish counterpuncher Magda Linette, she forced a third set by reeling off a series of high-risk winners. During the break, she massaged her ears and did some Zen deep-breathing exercises.
Her patience seeped away, and so did the deciding set, In the next two U. Open warm-up tournaments, in Montreal and Cincinnati earlier this month, Osaka lost in the first round each time, leaving observers to wonder how she might rebound on the big stage of the U.
After a couple weeks of Twitter silence, Osaka reappeared on Aug. But the word took a different turn inwhen a half-Japanese, half-African-American woman named Ariana Miyamoto won the Miss Universe Japan pageant.
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Miyamoto used her status to raise awareness for her discriminated segment of the population. When I finish, who knows? A couple of games, or half a season. I like to score. Anyway, who has the best body in the men's dressing room? He pauses to consider this quite seriously. I would say, for sure, Paradorn Srichaphan. He has not been playing and I haven't seen him for a while. But he still has the best body in men's tennis. I don't like bodies like Rafa's. I still don't have the right breathing on the court, exhaling when you're hitting the ball.
You lose a lot of energy if you're not breathing right. Maybe some yoga would help. It was the worst time in my life.
I was in the hospital and for three days I couldn't breathe because I had things in my nose, it was terrible. But the surgeon was from Italy and he knows how to do the job really well. So he's pretty famous there. Did he offer any, you know, shaping? No, that was something they didn't offer. With his white shirt tucked in to a pair of jeans, rimless glasses and his earnest responses, he has the air not so much of a sportsman as of a PhD student, or an accountant.
Alongside him sit his two younger brothers, teenager Marko and year-old Djordje, both promising players.
Marko's shy, but little Djordje is not. When someone asks him who his tennis idols are, he replies: But I like myself the best. It is hard to imagine in what way punctilious Pete might have inspired such an extrovert. But I just love the way he deals with the pressure. He always plays well, always serves well in the important moments. Mentally he was the strongest person I've ever seen.
I'm just really sad that I still haven't had the chance to meet him. Maybe in the upcoming season in the States I will. I'll probably say nothing for 10 minutes, I'll be so confused. Then I'll say, "Let's play! You suspect they would make a pretty wild duo. He screams a lot, and I throw rackets. Does that make things awkward between them?
Novak looks momentarily sheepish. But as soon as I see Jelena today I'm going to ask her what's going on. Apart from a wrestler, a drag racer and a kayaking quartet, Djokovic's only real competition for the title comes from Jankovic and Ivanovic. At the buffet that follows her son's inevitable victory, his mum, Dijana, talks about the tennis academy that the family is hoping to establish in his name.
They didn't steal, cheat, or kill somebody to get there. For 10 years it was so bad. The role models were gangsters, or drug dealers. Djokovic's father Srdjan was a skier for the former Yugoslavia, and his parents met on the piste; throughout Novak's childhood they ran a pizza-and-pancakes restaurant in the ski-resort town of Kapaonik.
While most professional sportspeople shun the slopes - because neither their coaches nor their insurance companies like it - Novak still skis whenever he can. So which is he: I like to look nice on the skis. As well as inheriting skiing genes from his father, his mother's family contained some serious volleyballing talent.
But as he watched four tennis courts being built opposite the family restaurant, the five-year-old Djokovic was enthralled. Jelena Gencic, who opened the tennis camp there, is still coaching in her seventies; Djokovic often describes her as the biggest tennis influence in his life.
Gencic remembers the day he first arrived to play. I asked him, "Who packed your bag, your mother? It wasn't any more or less safe than any other place in the street, but if you're sitting at home in the basement, thinking they are going to bomb your home, you're going crazy.
We were practising all day, and at seven o'clock we would go home and sit with the curtains closed, everything closed and dark the way it had to be. Perhaps that partly explains why Djokovic is so keen to be an ambassador for his homeland. Last time we had a practice in Belgrade we had 20 people on the court, so I said no more.
It's better for him to practise somewhere else. But of course he misses it so much. Tonight, every seat is filled, and every person present - little boy, teenage girl, adult male - seems to have a fairly open crush on 'Nole', as they call him here.
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The other participants in the celebrity doubles match, Tipsarevic, Ivanovic and Jankovic, are announced to loud cheers. When Djokovic appears, however, the cheers turn to hysterical screams. Grown men hurl themselves down the stadium steps to get closer.
The four greet one another as the old friends they are; Djokovic, living up to his heart-throb role, offers Ana an elaborate bow that ends on bended knee. The crowd loves it. Although they played at different clubs, Djokovic has practised and played with Ivanovic since they were five years old. She has such a great personality, very calm and very positive. And she's beautiful as well! She has a beautiful smile.
She's attracting people wherever she goes because she's very bright and people recognise it and respect her. Of course she has. But I could never play with her per cent serious because I laugh with her more than anyone else.
I really enjoy practising with her. Djokovic is too gentlemanly to be drawn. I wouldn't, because they're both playing great tennis. At the end of the evening, Djokovic and Tipsarevic join the band to sing a popular, though puzzling, song about friendship sample lyrics: Djokovic's voice is not what you would call tuneful, but right now he could release a recording of his tooth-brushing routine and still have a number-one hit.
Maybe one day, he says, he could be a singer, or an actor.
Even the swans turn their heads the better to catch this 6ft 1in peach-skinned girl as she walks, and talks, and sips her large Starbucks takeaway. Then talks some more.
She is wearing skinny jeans, a bitter-chocolate leather jacket and a cream silk scarf. In conversation, as on court, she covers a lot of ground quickly. No sooner has she dispatched the subject of Robbie Williams than she is happily lobbing George Clooney into the conversation and skilfully volleying the topic of Slobodan Milosevic back over the net. As we head up Zurich's old cobbled streets, she is talking about travel, which, as a professional tennis player, takes up 90 per cent of her time.
Ivanovic reels off the matches played and the countries visited in the past year alone, and you cannot begin to calculate the air miles and the WTA kudos she has accumulated. There was the Australian Open she reached the third roundFrench Open she lost the final to Justine HeninWimbledon memorably beaten in the semis by Venus Williams and the US Open knocked out, fourth round, that Williams woman again.
Meanwhile, without so much as a sip of barley water, she was also off to the Tier I events. By the time we have meandered back towards Starbucks she needs refuellingit has been made plain that no matter how moneyed, mollycoddled and media-massaged these tennis princesses may be, most of them put in more court appearances per year than Pete Doherty.
Does your personality change once you're on court? It has to happen because if you're too soft you're going to lose. I'm very easy-going off court, but I really want to win once I'm walking on to the court. At that moment, do you hate your opponent? I try not to think about the person, just their tactics, their weaknesses and strengths. I play against the ball.
It doesn't really matter who you're playing at that point. Even if you're facing one of the Williams sisters? That's a little harder. They play very aggressively. Are you a bad loser? Even if I play backgammon with my coach I hate to lose.
I won't talk to him for, like, an hour. So imagine how it feels when you lose at tennis. That makes me determined not to lose because I hate it so much. Even at a set down and match point I always believe I can come back. But sometimes you must know it won't happen What do you do half an hour before a big match? I like to be alone and listen to music.