Mike Tyson, Gayle King, and Other Celebrities Show up to Watch Naomi Osaka at US Open 2021

Published 08/30/2021, 10:56 PM EDT
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


Enthralling action greets the courts of New York as the US Open 2021 kicks off in style. As the sport’s biggest names begin their battles, fans flooded the stadium gates to catch a glimpse of the action. Notably, amidst these fans were a few celebrities who couldn’t stay in hiding for long. As World No. 3, Naomi Osaka began her US Open campaign, stars like Mike Tyson, Gayle King, and many others cheered her on from the stands.

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Naomi Osaka, Gen Z’s finest new youngster, is currently playing in the round of 128 against Marie Bouzkova at the US Open 2021. Notably, a world-renowned boxer, a legend of his game, Mike Tyson was spotted in the stands, watching the Japanese international. Giving Naomi the extra edge she needs, Gayle King, Alec Baldwin, and Lindsey Vonn joined Tyson in rooting for her.

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Starry Starry night

The US Open has always delivered more than promised. Hence, even celebrities couldn’t resist a chance of catching the game live. Business-man and Shark tank panelist Daymond John was also one of the stars present in the stands.

Despite their popularity and fan following, all eyes remain focused on Osaka. Leading the match with a dominating first-set win, the 23-year-old is the favorite to advance. So far, she’s played with a sublime touch, putting in solid defensive work and taking the fight to her Serbian counterpart. However, her recent run of form, ever since her return, keeps fans worried about a repeat of a surprise defeat. The scoreline so far is 6-4, 5-1 to Naomi.

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Not been so rosy for Naomi Osaka

Earlier this year, Naomi Osaka took an unprecedented break from tennis, citing mental health reasons. However, after spending almost 2 months on the sidelines, she returned to the court. Unfortunately, she has failed to record a successful campaign since. From the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to the build-up events ahead of the US Open, surprise defeats and early exits have riddled her chance of a noteworthy run.

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

Fans have high hopes for Naomi, given her rich history in the game. As she returns to where it all started, they back her to repeat history, despite her recent past. Can Naomi Osaka live up to her rank in front of a roaring crowd? Or will their chants and applause go in vain?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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