The Reading / Listening - Naomi Osaka - Level 4

Tennis' Naomi Osaka, 23, has withdrawn from the French Tennis Open due to stress. She said she did not want to do post-match interviews to protect her mental health. A tennis authority said she was breaking her obligations. It threatened to expel her from tournaments. It then said it wanted to improve the support it gives to players with mental health problems. It praised Ms Osaka for talking about the pressures and anxieties she felt.

Naomi Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles. She is the reigning US Open champion. She has had problems with being one of tennis' biggest stars. She said: "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018." Tennis authorities were criticised for the way they handled Ms Osaka's concerns. However, they recently said that they empathise with the "unique pressures tennis players may face". Many top players support Ms Osaka.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Naomi Osaka - Level 5 or  Naomi Osaka - Level 6

Sources
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210601/p2g/00m/0sp/002000c
  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/57311128
  • https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/31543237/naomi-osaka-withdraws-french-open-one-day-fine-threat-harsher-sanctions-skipping-media-obligations improvements."


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. due
  2. she did not want to do post-
  3. Tennis
  4. she was breaking her
  5. threatened to expel her
  6. it wanted to improve the support
  7. players with mental
  8. the pressures and
  1. authorities
  2. health problems
  3. match interviews
  4. it gives
  5. anxieties she felt
  6. obligations
  7. to stress
  8. from tournaments

Paragraph 2

  1. Osaka has won four
  2. She is the reigning
  3. problems with being one of
  4. I have suffered long bouts
  5. Tennis authorities were
  6. the way they handled
  7. the unique pressures
  8. Many top players
  1. tennis' biggest stars
  2. Ms Osaka's concerns
  3. support Ms Osaka
  4. criticised
  5. tennis players may face
  6. Grand Slam titles
  7. of depression
  8. US Open champion

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tennis' Naomi Osaka, 23, (1) ___________________ the French Tennis Open (2) ___________________. She said she did not want to do post-match (3) ___________________ her mental health. A tennis authority said she was breaking her obligations. It (4) ___________________ her from tournaments. It then said it wanted to (5) ___________________ it gives to players with mental health problems. It praised Ms Osaka for talking about the (6) ___________________ she felt.

Naomi Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles. She (7) ___________________ US Open champion. She has had problems with (8) ___________________ tennis' biggest stars. She said: "The truth is that I have suffered (9) ___________________ depression since the US Open in 2018." Tennis authorities (10) ___________________ the way they handled Ms Osaka's concerns. However, (11) ___________________ that they empathise with the "unique pressures tennis players may face". Many (12) ___________________ Ms Osaka.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tennis'NaomiOsaka,23,haswithdrawnfromtheFrenchTennisOpendu
etostress.Shesaidshedidnotwanttodopost-matchinterviewstopro
tecthermentalhealth.Atennisauthoritysaidshewasbreakingheroblig
ations.Itthreatenedtoexpelherfromtournaments.Itthensaiditwante
dtoimprovethesupportitgivestoplayerswithmentalhealthproblems.I
tpraisedMsOsakafortalkingaboutthepressuresandanxietiesshefelt.
NaomiOsakahaswonfourGrandSlamtitles.SheisthereigningUSOpen
champion.Shehashadproblemswithbeingoneoftennis'biggeststars.
Shesaid:"ThetruthisthatIhavesufferedlongboutsofdepressionsincet
heUSOpenin2018."Tennisauthoritieswerecriticisedforthewaytheyh
andledMsOsaka'sconcerns.However,theyrecentlysaidthattheyemp
athisewiththe"uniquepressurestennisplayersmayface".Manytoppla
yerssupportMsOsaka.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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