Netflix recently unveiled a trailer for Naomi Osaka’s three-part documentary series, which will be accessible to watch on the platform starting July 16th.
“Naomi Osaka” is the title of the docuseries, which is directed by Academy Award nominee Garrett Bradley. One of the executive producers is NBA great LeBron James.
The documentary will provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Osaka’s life in the years after she won the US Open.
Netflix’s official summary reads, “This intimate three-part series takes viewers inside the lives of one of the world’s finest tennis players, Naomi Osaka.” “With unprecedented access, we follow Osaka over the course of two historic years as she improves her game while simultaneously beginning to find her voice.” Naomi’s personal issues begin to connect with those in the public domain, whether she’s defending her grand slam titles while wearing masks in defense of Black lives, mourning the untimely loss of mentor Kobe Bryant, or establishing her independence.”
The trailer offers glimpses of several never-before-seen moments from Osaka’s life, including her childhood. As the video keeps rolling, we also hear the four-time Slam champion describe the challenges she faced during her rise to the top of the sport.
“No one really knows all the sacrifices that you make just to be good,” Osaka said. “Before I won the US Open, so many people told my dad that I would never be anything.”
In the short clip, we also get a glimpse of Osaka’s parents (from years ago) while she waxes lyrical about her Haitian ancestry and upbringing.
“My [Haitian] father has always been proud of his heritage,” Osaka explains. “Whenever I’m in a tough circumstance, dad always reminds me that my forefathers were on the ship for almost 40 days, and I get courage from that.”
In association with @uninterrupted, Netflix is releasing a three-part docuseries on @naomiosaka.— Boardroom (@boardroom) July 6, 2021
“Naomi Osaka: Playing By Her Own Rules” will be released July 16th and includes @KingJames and @mavcarter as executive producers.
However, the most riveting part of the trailer comes towards the end, where the World No. 2 stressed how she is no longer bothered to maintain her “squeaky image.”
“I always had this pressure to maintain the squeaky image,” Osaka continued. “But you know, I don’t care what anyone has to say.”
The picture cuts to the masks she wore at the US Open to highlight police brutality and racism, with the 23-year-old offering a stirring explanation for her actions.
“None of these deaths had to happen – and I just want everyone to know the names,” Osaka said.
The series is about Naomi Osaka’s journey, but it’s also about personal worth: Director Garrett Bradley
Director Garrett Bradley of Time fame offered her take on the Osaka docuseries. According to Bradley, while the show aims to provide an insight into Osaka’s life, it mainly serves as a life lesson to teach the importance of self-worth and courage.
“The series is about Naomi’s journey, within a snapshot of her life, but it’s also about life’s purpose, about personal worth, about the courage that it takes to allow one’s personal values to inform their work and vice versa,” said Bradley in a statement accompanying the trailer.
“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.”