Naomi Osaka Attends an Exciting NBA Contest Between New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks

Published 12/26/2021, 11:48 AM EST
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


Naomi Osaka has seemingly made her presence felt on the WTA Tour for the last 3 years. The Japanese has successfully earned four Grand Slam titles. She is also a passionate follower of basketball and is often spotted watching NBA games.

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Recently, she went to see the intriguing contest between New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks. Knicks dominated throughout the competition to clinch the win at the end of the fourth quarter.

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Naomi Osaka at an NBA game

Former World No. 1, Naomi Osaka has frequently confessed her love for basketball. To prove her passion, Osaka is often seen in the front row at NBA games. Recently, she attended the NBA game from the Eastern conference between New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks. Knicks dominated throughout the first three quarters and closed the match with 101-87 points.

She took to Instagram to share a few glimpses from the NBA game. About a few days ago, she was spotted watching the NBA legend LeBron James match. It appears that Osaka keeps her up to date with all the NBA matches.

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Osaka to make her comeback

Naomi Osaka was absent from competitive tennis because of mental health concerns since US Open 2021. However, she has already resumed her training for the highly anticipated Australian Open 2022.

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The defending champion at Melbourne looked in great shape as she hit some tennis balls in LA. Surely, she’ll be one of the most favorite contenders at the Happy Slam.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan looks dejected during her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Osaka’s 2021 season started off pretty confidently triumphing at the Australian Open 2021. However, the Japanese made a strong statement at the French Open, withdrawing from the competition owing to mental health concerns. She then went on to skip Wimbledon as well.

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The two-time US Open champion was eliminated in the third round by Canadian prodigy Leylah Fernandez at the Flushing Meadows. Now, we’ll probably see the Japanese at the Australian Open 2022 as she attempts to retain her crown.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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