French Open 2018: Naomi Osaka says she likes spending all her free time on her gaming console

Osaka scooted into the French Open third round on Wednesday with a quick-fire 6-4 7-5 win over Zarina Diyas before offering a glimpse into her life.

Reuters May 30, 2018 21:18:24 IST
French Open 2018: Naomi Osaka says she likes spending all her free time on her gaming console

Paris: The life of a professional athlete can seem a dream, but these days Naomi Osaka is happy to be lost in her virtual world.

The Japanese 20-year-old scooted into the French Open third round on Wednesday with a quick-fire 6-4 7-5 win over Zarina Diyas before offering a glimpse into her life.

French Open 2018 Naomi Osaka says she likes spending all her free time on her gaming console

Naomi Osaka beat Zarina Diyas to enter the third round of the French Open. AP

"Well, I'm only here if I have to be, to be honest," she said when asked how much time she spends in the picturesque grounds of Roland Garros in the French capital.

"Like, if I have a match or something and just to eat lunch. Before, when I was younger, I used to love walking around and just experiencing the atmosphere. But now I just sort of think of this as my job, so it's like clocking in and clocking out.

"(I'm) hoping to spend as little time as possible..."

In fact, the 21st seed prefers to spend time in her hotel room in a virtual world and is travelling with her Sony PlayStation games console.

"For me, it's just sometimes I'm really bored in my room, and I feel like I really want to play a game or something, so that's why I started bringing it," she said.

"And now it's sort of consumed my time a little bit because literally, if I have 30 minutes, then I'll just sit there, and I might be a little bit late.

"Like, I'll spend 35 minutes, and then I'm like, 'Oh, my God. It's 30 minutes past', and then I have to rush out the door. So if I'm ever late to anything, you know why..."

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