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Naomi Osaka returns to social media to share Vogue Japan cover

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Naomi Osaka posed for the cover of Vogue Japan's August 2021 issue and she looked absolutely stunning (Photo: Instagram)
Naomi Osaka posed for the cover of Vogue Japan's August 2021 issue and she looked absolutely stunning (Photo: Instagram)

Naomi Osaka is a force to be reckoned with.

On Monday, the 23-year-old tennis superstar shared her stunning Vogue Japan cover where she looked strong and stunning in a Louis Vuitton bralette paired with orange pants and her arms and long black hair in motion. She shared three more photos from the shoot, which were very fashion-forward, including one image where she donned a colorful Nike set.

"Hi guys. Popping out to post this @voguejapan cover, hope you’re all doing well and staying safe," she captioned the stunning images.

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Celebrity friends and fans took to the comments to share how much they love the photos while also sharing words of encouragement to the athlete.

"Yes," rapper Saweetie said proceeded by several, flame emojis.

Actress Storm Reid agreed sharing a similar response and Venus Williams gave the photos a few flame emojis as well.

"Hope you are doing well and staying safe. Miss you so much thinking about you every day," a fan wrote.

"Hope you are well too!! Great Work, Thank you for vouching for us introverts," a commenter added.

"Gorgeous! So proud of you for taking care of yourself!" another person continued.

Her Vogue Japan shoot comes a month after Osaka made headlines for withdrawing from the 2021 French Open after refusing to attend the competition's press conferences to protect her mental and emotional health, which resulted in a fine of $15,000. She made the announcement on her social media where she opened up about her struggles with depression.

Osaka wrote, in part, "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows I'm introverted, and anyone that sees me at the tournaments will notice that I am often wearing headphones as that dulls my anxiety. Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world's media. I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can."

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Just last week she also withdrew from Wimbledon. And since both of her exists, many athletes, celebrities and fans have rallied around her, cheering on her unapologetic self-care.

Osaka, a Japanese-American who was born in Japan, does plan to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on July 23, and a statement recent said that she's "excited to play in front of her home fans." 

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