With a smile on her face, Osaka told reporters that she was “worried about this press conference because I knew I would get a lot of questions about it.”
Last year, Osaka was visibly stressed and emotional as she addressed the media during a mandatory press conference at Roland Garros.
The former world number one later retired from the 2021 French Open and revealed that he has “suffered long periods of depression” since winning his first major championship in 2018.
“Obviously, I didn’t even like how I handled the whole situation, but I was worried that there were people I offended in some way and that I would run into them,” Osaka said on Friday.
“For the most part I think I’m fine”
Osaka reflected on what happened in 2021 and revealed that he was preparing for how people might react to his return.
“I think for myself where I am right now, I wouldn’t say it hasn’t left my mind. Sure, I’m still thinking about it.
“I would also like to prepare myself in case I go out on the pitch and some fans say something like Indian Wells. Yeah, for the most part I think I’m fine.”
A seedless Osaka faces No. 27-seeded Amanda Anisimova on Sunday in the first round of the 2022 French Open.