“Was So Cute”: Naomi Osaka Hands Over Precious Gift to Kid at US Open 2021

Published 08/31/2021, 7:56 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after recording match point Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Things have not gone according to Naomi Osaka’s plans in recent months. After pulling out of the French Open midway through the event, she was seen directly at the Tokyo Olympics. However, she ended losing in the early rounds and failed to win a medal for her country. 

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However, things have started shaping up positively for Naomi Osaka. She is currently in New York, defending her title at the US Open 2021. She won the opening round match comfortably in straight sets. Interestingly, the one thing that caught my attention was when she decided to hand over a memento to a young girl sitting in the stands. 

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan warms up before playing against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

When she spoke about this incident, the Japanese star stated, “Actually, I just heard her when I was playing my match and she was so cute, thank you for cheering me on. In the Olympics, we got some little pins that we were supposed to pass around to other players like training pins and I wasn’t there for a long time so I’ve got a couple in my bag leftover. But yeah, I thought it would be a nice memory.”

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Naomi Osaka is supreme on the hardcourts 

Coming to her season, Osaka started off on a great note, winning her second Australian Open title. However, things began to go down the order as she failed to win any tournaments after. Just before the French Open began, she announced that she wouldn’t be interacting with the media post matches. 

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan serves against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Soon after, she withdrew from the French Open before the second-round match. Later, she decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships and was unimpressive at the Tokyo Olympics. 

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Well, now that she is back on the courts where she has seen a lot of success, we hope she can end the season in a similar fashion to the way she began. 

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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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