A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Showcases the hard work, mental toughness, and perseverance required to play tennis at the highest level. Family and good mental health are also themes. Racism, including references to the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, is touched upon.
Positive Role Models
Naomi Osaka is half Japanese and half Haitian, and her coaches are from diverse backgrounds. She is a hardworking and committed tennis player. She openly supported BLM during the U.S. Open.
Violence & Scariness
Osaka uses the word "aggressive" to discuss how she sometimes plays on the court. The deaths of Kobe Bryant and George Floyd are discussed.
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Curses like "f--k" are sometimes uttered.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for Nike, Adidas, Yonex are prominently visible, as are sponsors associated with the sport, including Rolex and Mercedes-Benz. Beverages like Coco Vita and Apple products are visible. ADEAM fashion line is featured in an episode.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne is consumed in one episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naomi Osaka is a docuseries about the life of athlete Naomi Osaka, the first Asian winner of the U.S. Open singles title, after she catapulted into tennis stardom. While tennis is a major theme, it also addresses issues like mental health, racism and activism (within the context of Black Lives Matter), and the death of basketball player Kobe Bryant. There's some cursing and occasional drinking. Not surprisingly, lots of sponsor logos are visible (especially Nike), and the ADEAM fashion line, which Osaka is affiliated with, is also prominently featured.
Is It Any Good?
The honest, even-paced docuseries reveals what life is like for Naomi Osaka from her own point of view. The young, quiet athlete talks about how she feels about playing tennis, noting the physical strength and mental toughness it requires. It also reveals her struggles with anxiety and self-doubt, especially after rising to fame and winning four grand slams and, later, being unable to defend them. But Naomi Osaka is really a story about the tennis player's personal journey, throughout which she is trying to figure out who she is as an athlete, and about her efforts to find her own voice and become her own person outside of the sport. It's not the most energetic of documentaries, but if you're a tennis fan, you'll want to check it out.
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