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Tennis Icon Naomi Osaka Shows Rihanna Fandom With a Giant Statement on Super Bowl 2023

Published 02/13/2023, 8:50 AM EST

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The Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is on a break as she is ready to embrace motherhood. And she is enjoying her time by giving attention to the different other things that she likes. Recently, the four-time Grand Slam champion attended the Super Bowl 2023 and released a huge statement about why she attended the event.

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The Super Bowl 2023 is the topic of conversation throughout the tennis world, and practically everyone has mentioned how excited they are to catch the pop icon Rihanna’s first live performance in years. The 24-year-old tennis player, however, was one of the famous people that adorned the stands and delighted in watching the greatest NFL game of the year in person.

Naomi Osaka attended Super Bowl for this reason 


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The four-time Grand Slam champion made her first public appearance after announcing her pregnancy almost a month ago. She recently attended the Super Bowl, and she shared an Instagram story from the arena. Notably, shared what made her attend the biggest NFL game of the year. 

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With that, she also made a huge statement regarding her presence at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. And also shared that her reason for being there was to catch Rihanna performing live after so many years. She wrote along the picture, “I’m only here for one reason lol.” The pop sensation’s comeback bought a lot of excitement in the tennis world, in particular as tennis stars like Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, and Coco Gauff expressed their excitement regarding the same. 


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Not only that, but the Japanese tennis player also addressed the Super Bowl 2023 as Rihanna Bowl. Moreover, expressed her love for Rihanna, and shared how she truly enjoyed watching her perform live. Even last year, the former world number one showed her excitement that she will be delighted to even catch a glimpse of the pop sensation. 

When Osaka fangirling over Rihanna 

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The 24-year-old tennis player attended the Oscars last year. She had the opportunity to engage in some fangirl moments with Rihanna. The tennis player is a huge Rihanna fan. She never passes up the opportunity to meet and greet her, despite being a celebrity herself with fans all around.


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Additionally, when the tennis pro attended the Oscars, she announced on Instagram that the famous singer would be her date. She also voiced her excitement, saying that she might pass out if she saw Rihanna.



Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare