Mari Osaka, the aged sister of four-time primary-winner Naomi Osaka, has resigned from tennis at the age of 24, clarifying “it was a trip which I didn’t relish”, aso Naija reports.
The senior Osaka was indexed 340th in the world, having attained a career-high of 280th in 2018, and finally played a singles competition in January.
aso Naija gathered that she partnered in duplicates with her sister Naomi, who is 18 months younger, rated next in the world and the reigning US and Australian Open champion, at the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
“I am retired from playing tennis,” Mari wrote on Instagram.
“It was a journey which I didn’t enjoy ultimately but I’m grateful for all the memories and support I’ve gained and received over the years from the sport.
“I’m moving on now so you can look forward to new fun projects upcoming in the future.”
Mari also plays a role in her younger sister’s career, and last year assisted to create a manga personality exemplifying Naomi in a magazine aimed at teenage girls.