Washington: Naomi Osaka, who defeated Coco Gauff to defend her US Open title quest has taken the internet by storm with her compassion and maturity.
Naomi Osaka has won plenty of hearts with her off-field gestures towards fans and opponents.
In a now-viral clip, Osaka is heard telling Gauff that she ought not to worry about breaking down in public.
the reigning women’s champion won over the Internet again by comforting opponent Coco Gauff after defeating her in their first-ever face-off during the third round of the ongoing tournament on Saturday.
Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis sensation from the US, was seen crying after losing her match against Osaka 6-3, 6-0.
Upon winning, Osaka walked over to Gauff, who was packing up her gear, en route to the locker room where she would confront the emotions of the match on her own. In tennis, the winner of the match gets to address the crowd during a live interview; their opponent is left to make as graceful an exit as they can, processing their feelings as best they can before facing reporters at a post-match press conference.
“You’re good – it’s better to do it on the court than alone in the shower in the locker room,” the 21-year-old Korean tennis star is heard telling her opponent.
Breaking tradition, Osaka asked Gauff to join her for the on-court interview. Both players ended up in tears during their post-match interviews.
The heartwarming moment between the duo touched many hearts online, with many netizens including Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praising the sportsperson spirit on display.
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On Friday, Rafael Nadal had touched hearts online by rescuing a young boy from a jostling crowd in the stands vying for the tennis superstar’s autographs.