Naomi Osaka and Cori Gauff showed all their sportsmanship and friendship on Saturday as the Japanese player invited the American to have an on court interview together. Speaking of Osaka's amazing gesture, in a press conference Gauff said: "I definitely was wanting to leave the court because I'm not the type of person who wants to cry in front of everyone.
I didn't want to take that moment away from her, as well. She told me it's better than crying in the shower. She convinced me, like, multiple times to stay. I kept saying no. Finally I said, Okay, I'll do it. Because I didn't know what to do.
I'm happy that she kind of convinced me to do it because, I mean, I'm not used to crying in front of everyone." Analyzing her loss, Gauff added: "During the match I think she played amazing. I mean, it was hard for me to take control of the points.
Obviously, I think she had way more winners than I did. It was hard to kind of control the rallies. But I think I'll learn a lot from this match. She's the No. 1 player in the world right now, so I know what I need to do to get to that level.
After the match, I think she just proved that she's a true athlete. For me the definition of an athlete is someone who on the court treats you like your worst enemy but off the court can be your best friend. I think that's what she did tonight.
It was a packed crowd. It was my first time playing on Ashe. Obviously I wish it was a different result. But it was still a great experience for me."