The Reading / Listening - Naomi Osaka - Level 5

Tennis' Naomi Osaka, 23, has withdrawn from the French Tennis Open due to stress from having to talk to the media. Japan's world number two said she did not want to do post-match interviews to "protect her mental health". The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said this was in breach of her obligations. It threatened to expel her from the tournament if she did not talk to the media. It then said it wants to "create meaningful improvements" to support players with mental health problems. It added: "We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling."

Naomi Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles. She is the reigning champion at the US Open and Australian Open. She had problems coping with being in the spotlight as one of tennis' biggest stars. She said: "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018." The WTA has faced criticism for the way it handled Ms Osaka's mental health concerns. However, it recently said: "We empathise with the unique pressures tennis players may face." Many top players are behind Ms Osaka. Serena Williams said: "I feel for Naomi....I wish I could give her a hug."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Naomi Osaka - Level 4 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. having to
  2. she did not want to do post-
  3. this was in breach
  4. It threatened to
  5. if she did not talk
  6. support players with
  7. in her own
  8. the pressures and anxieties
  1. to the media
  2. of her obligations
  3. words
  4. she is feeling
  5. mental health problems
  6. match interviews
  7. expel her
  8. talk to the media

Paragraph 2

  1. She is the reigning
  2. She had problems
  3. being in the
  4. I have suffered long
  5. The WTA has faced
  6. unique
  7. top players are
  8. I wish I could give
  1. behind Ms Osaka
  2. spotlight
  3. her a hug
  4. criticism
  5. pressures
  6. bouts of depression
  7. champion at the US Open
  8. coping

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tennis' Naomi Osaka, 23, (1) ___________________ the French Tennis Open (2) ___________________ from having to talk to the media. Japan's world number two said she did not want to do (3) ___________________ to "protect her mental health". The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said this was (4) ___________________ her obligations. It threatened to expel her from the tournament if she did not talk to the media. It then said it wants to "create meaningful improvements" (5) ___________________ with mental health problems. It added: "We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the (6) ___________________ she is feeling."

Naomi Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles. She is (7) ___________________ at the US Open and Australian Open. She had problems (8) ___________________ in the spotlight as one of tennis' biggest stars. She said: "The truth is that I have suffered (9) ___________________ depression since the US Open in 2018." The WTA has faced criticism for the (10) ___________________ Ms Osaka's mental health concerns. However, it recently said: "We empathise with (11) ___________________ tennis players may face." Many top players are behind Ms Osaka. Serena Williams said: "I feel for Naomi....I wish I could give (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tennis'NaomiOsaka,23,haswithdrawnfromtheFrenchTennisOpendu
etostressfromhavingtotalktothemedia.Japan'sworldnumbertwosaid
shedidnotwanttodopost-matchinterviewsto"protecthermentalheal
th".TheWomen'sTennisAssociation(WTA)saidthiswasinbreachofher
obligations.Itthreatenedtoexpelherfromthetournamentifshedidnott
alktothemedia.Itthensaiditwantsto"createmeaningfulimprovement
s"tosupportplayerswithmentalhealthproblems.Itadded:"Wecomme
ndNaomiforsharinginherownwordsthepressuresandanxietiessheisf
eeling."NaomiOsakahaswonfourGrandSlamtitles.Sheisthereigningc
hampionattheUSOpenandAustralianOpen.Shehadproblemscoping
withbeinginthespotlightasoneoftennis'biggeststars.Shesaid:"Thetr
uthisthatIhavesufferedlongboutsofdepressionsincetheUSOpenin20
18."TheWTAhasfacedcriticismforthewayithandledMsOsaka'smental
healthconcerns.However,itrecentlysaid:"Weempathisewiththeuniq
uepressurestennisplayersmayface."ManytopplayersarebehindMsO
saka.SerenaWilliamssaid:"IfeelforNaomi....IwishIcouldgiveherahu
g."

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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