Naomi Osaka has been spotted leaving a California firing range in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com after taking an indefinite break from tennis following her crushing US Open loss, which topped off a troubling few months for the Japanese sports star.
The 23-year-old looked downcast as she left The Target Range shooting range in Van Nuys on Monday with her boyfriend, rapper YBN Cordae.
Dressed in head to toe black sportswear, she fueled up for the range day with an order of food and juices that was earlier delivered to her $7 million Beverly Hills mansion.
Osaka’s Labor Day outing came just three days after she tearfully announced her decision to take a break from tennis after crashing out in the third round of the US Open to 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez on Friday night.
Her first Grand Slam return ended dismally as she lost 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to the Canadian teen, failing to defend her title.
Osaka’s frustration was visible on the court as she smashed her racket during the grueling match before later announcing she would be taking a break from the sport, in the star’s latest controversy after refusing to do press conferences and dropping out of the French Open in June.
Naomi Osaka has been spotted leaving a firing range in California Monday after taking an indefinite break from tennis
The gun store and shooting range offers gun rentals for $10 and range fees start at $14 with purchase of ammunition
The 23-year-old looked downcast as she left The Target Range shooting range in Van Nuys Monday with her boyfriend rapper YBN Cordae
The tennis star appeared to be looking for a new release for her frustration after crashing out of the US Open Friday
She dressed in head to toe black sportswear, with her hair tied in a bun on top of her head as she stepped out of her Beverly Hills mansion to pick up a food delivery on Monday
The tennis star appeared to be looking for a new release for her frustration as she paid a visit to the shooting range over Labor Day weekend.
She wore her hair on top of her head in a bun under a baseball cap that she took off at one point and sported a small white Louis Vuitton bag across her body.
On Friday, Osaka left fans questioning when she will pick a racket up again after she announced another break from the sport for the foreseeable future.
In her post-match press conference after her stunning defeat, she sobbed as she revealed she had lost some joy in the sport.
‘You could kind of see that. I was kind of like a little kid. I feel like for me recently, when I win I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal.
‘I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.’
Osaka is seen leaving The Target Range, which offers shooting lessons in addition to range time and gun sales
Osaka wore her hair on top of her head in a bun under a baseball cap and sported a small white Louis Vuitton bag
Osaka and her rapper boyfriend YBN Cordae are seen leaving the shooting range in Van Nuys on Monday
Osaka is seen out and about in California on Labor Day – three days after her US Open defeat to a Canadian teenager
The 23-year-old champion looked somber as she grabbed a food delivery outside her $7 million Beverly Hills mansion
She also stopped for some post-shooting fuel, picking up a couple of juices and some food delivered to her mansion
Osaka’s Labor Day outing came just three days after her shocking defeat to teenager Leylah Fernandez in the US Open Friday night
Osaka opted for food delivery to her mansion on Labor Day after crashing out of the US Open
At Friday’s press conference, Osaka also apologized for throwing her racket mid-match: ‘I’m really sorry about that. I’m not really sure why. I was telling myself to be calm, but I feel like maybe there was a boiling point.’
Osaka first found herself at the center of a media storm back in May when she refused to attend a press conference at the French Open for mental health reasons.
The move divided opinion in the sports world and led to her being slapped with fines – and ultimately she dropped out of the tournament and Wimbledon the following month.
She later revealed her personal struggles with mental health issues and told how she deals with anxiety before news conferences.
Despite shunning post-match press conferences, Osaka in the following weeks featured on the covers of Vogue Japan, Time and Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition.
She also launched her own Barbie range and an all-access Netflix documentary series, and lit the Olympic cauldron in Tokyo.
A sign outside Osaka’s mansion warns ‘Trespassers Will Be Shot’, a threat Osaka is apparently prepared to back up herself
An imposing wall and gate form a high security perimeter around the tennis star’s mansion in Beverly Hills
Osaka stepped outside the gate briefly on Monday to pick up a food delivery order that had been left on the doorstep
Osaka went low key in a black Nike shirt with leggings as she stepped out to pick up a couple juices and a bag containing food
Osaka looked downcast as she grabbed her food delivery three days after crashing out of the US Open
Despite shunning post-match press conferences at the French Open, Osaka in the following weeks featured on the covers of Vogue Japan, Time and Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition
In August, in her first press conference following the saga, Osaka was left in tears when she was grilled by a reporter over her controversial decision.
Paul Daugherty, a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, asked the 23-year-old at the 2021 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati about her refusal to speak to the press when he said she had benefitted from media attention in her career.
Osaka defended her decision saying it was ‘something I needed to do for yourself.’
‘I felt like I holed up in my house for a couple of weeks, and I didn’t know if people would be looking at me in a different way than they usually did before,’ she told him.
But, she then broke down in tears after another question, prompting her press officer to halt the question and answer session.
Osaka’s agent Stuart Duguid later called the reporter a ‘bully’ on Twitter, and the Enquirer reporter revealed that he’d received an avalanche of death threats.
American tennis pro Shelby Rogers said on Monday that death threats are now also the norm for tennis players who lose matches, but it was not clear whether Osaka attended the gun range in response to specific threats.