“I Like That R&B” – Naomi Osaka on Her Musical Interests

Published 04/26/2020, 2:38 PM EDT


Former World Number one Naomi Osaka opened up on her musical interests. They keep changing from time. Once, in an interview, she admitted to being a ‘big fan’ of Rihanna. Also, before getting on-court for a tennis match, Osaka listens to rhythm and blues or Shaun’s music.

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“Yeah, I mean, I always come on the court with headphones on. It’s just the ones before were, like, tiny earphones. So I got these babies now (smiling).

But now I’m listening to — I was listening to a lot of throwback songs, honestly, like Mario. (Laughing.) You know, I like that R&B. I really feel like I was missing that,” the Japanese icon said.

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“Favorite song. There is a lot, though. I really like Way Back Home, actually. Like, it’s very chill. You can use it to pump yourself up a little bit; you can use it to sleep,” she added.

“Beyonce was proud of me” – Naomi Osaka

Two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka spent some time with Beyonce and Jay-Z during the off-season of 2019. When Osaka found out about Beyonce’s impression of her, she realized tennis had an impact on the outside world too.

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“I met Beyonce and Jay Z during the off-season. She just smelled expensive and beautiful and she was soft and she hugged me,” 22-year-old Osaka said. “I was like, this is what heaven is. She was talking to me and she said she was proud of me. I thought, wow, that actually was a really important moment.  But I’m thinking about the impact that tennis players – I don’t think we know.”

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In 2020, Naomi Osaka was on a 14-match winning streak since September 2019. Her match-winning streak was snapped by Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane, and the Japanese slipped up in the battle after having a match point.

Besides that, she suffered a third-round upset at Australian Open 2020, as the then-15-year-old Coco Gauff stopped her from defending her Melbourne Major title.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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