‘Amazing Opportunity to Get To See You in Person’ – Naomi Osaka Receives a Heartwarming Note During Her Flight to Toronto

Published 08/07/2022, 11:16 PM EDT
Mar 8, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) looks on during the Eisenhower Cup, a charity event using the the Tie Break Tens format at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Naomi Osaka has begun her preparations for the US Open in full swing. It is the tournament where the Japanese star has found immense success, having won the title in 2018 and 2020. The four-time Grand Slam champion is returning from an Achilles injury that forced her to skip the entire grass-court season.

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Last week, she participated in the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose. After an impressive opening-round win over Qinwen Zheng, Osaka lost in the second round against her on-court rival and close friend, Coco Gauff. Subsequently, Osaka will be playing in the National Bank Open in Toronto. 

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Naomi Osaka receives a note from her fan

During her flight to Toronto, the 24-year-old received a heartwarming note from her fan. Osaka took to Instagram to share a picture of the note on one of her stories.

The note read, “It is such an amazing opportunity to get to see you in person, like who would have thought that Naomi Osaka would be on my flight! I am so happy and pleasure to meet you and get to serve you today. Hope you enjoyed it! All the best for your tournament and hopefully you can have some fun time in Toronto! Please, please please stay away from the injuries and good luck on the rest of your season.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic during their Women’s Singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Osaka has won fans across the globe with her powerful performances on the tennis court. Apart from her achievements in tennis, she is also a successful businesswoman and one of the highest-earning sports persons in the world. It is also worth noting that Osaka’s struggles with mental health encouraged other athletes to come forward and talk about their struggles with similar issues in their professional careers.

Osaka’s tough road at the National Bank Open

The former World Number 1 will open her campaign in Toronto against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Further, if she moves past the first round, she will face the eighth seed, Garbine Muguruza, in the second round. A potential clash with Serena Williams will await Osaka in the third round of the tournament.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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