The first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming Naomi Osaka documentary has been revealed, and it teases a riveting project starring one of sports’ biggest stars.
Osaka narrates in the teaser for the three-part series, which will premiere on Netflix on July 16, as she describes various elements of her life. This includes her mother, father, how quickly she rose to stardom after winning the US Open, and her activism against police brutality.
The docuseries, titled Naomi Osaka, was created after she withdrew from the French Open. Osaka declined to speak to the media during the ceremony and declined to compete in the current Wimbledon competition, claiming her mental health as a reason. She will, however, compete in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo as a representative of Japan. She won the Australian Open earlier this year and is currently the world’s number two female tennis player.
The series is directed by Garett Bradley, an Oscar-nominated documentarian who previously collaborated with Ava Duvernay on Netflix’s When They See Us in 2019.
“The series is about Naomi’s journey, within a snapshot of her life, but it’s also about life’s purpose, about personal worth, about the courage that it takes to allow one’s personal values to inform their work and vice versa,” Bradley said per the official synopsis. “More than anything, I’d hope people can feel the power of empathy and to feel encouraged to take chances in life, perhaps especially in moments where the stakes can feel impossibly high.”