“Not Trying To Be an A-Hole”: Naomi Osaka’s Savage Response to US Open Question

Published 09/26/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has been a dominant force in the women’s game. After American legend Serena Williams, she has been the athlete to spread the importance of the sport globally. At such a young age, she is already the winner of four Grand Slam titles.

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Recently, Naomi Osaka appeared on LeBron James’s show, “The Shop”. On the show, Maverick Carter, a sports-marketing businessman, and media personality asked the Japanese star a few questions. However, the one question that caught my attention was when he asked, “Naomi, did you feel like you were doing too much after that US Open win?”

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To which, Osaka replied, “I’m really not trying to be an a-hole. But, which time?” The Japanese star took a cheeky dig at Carter. It showcased the pride in herself as she has been a two-time champion in New York. She has earned a lot of success on the Tour in a short span of time.

Naomi Osaka won her 4th Major this season

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Coming on to her season so far, she began competing in Melbourne and won the Australian Open for the second time in her career. Soon after, she lost in Miami, ending her 23-match winning streak.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada, right, shakes hands with Naomi Osaka Osaka of Japan after a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Just before the French Open, she announced that she would not be a part of post-match press conferences as she was dealing with mental health issues. Her decision was not well received and before the second-round match, she pulled out of Roland Garros.

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She then decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships and was seen next representing Japan at the Tokyo Olympics. She was unable to impress and failed to win any medal. Even at the US Open this season, she was unable to defend her title. We wish her the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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