Naomi Osaka shared why she invited Cori Gauff to have an on court interview together at the US Open. The Japanese player said: "It was kind of instinctive because when I shook her hand, I saw that she was kind of tearing up a little.
Then it reminded me how young she was. For me, at least when I lose, I just come into the locker room and I cry, then I do press, like, here. I love you guys, but it's not the greatest (smiling). Then I was thinking normal people don't actually watch the press conferences unless they're, like, fan fans.
The people that are out there, they're probably going to just stay and watch the next person who's playing, then they go home, and they wouldn't know immediately what's on her mind. I was just thinking, like, it would be nice for her to address the people that came and watched her play.
They were cheering for her. Yeah, I mean, for me, it was just something that was, I don't know, instinctive I guess." "For me, I just thought about what I wanted her to feel leaving the court. Like, I wanted her to have her head high, not walk off the court sad.
I want her to, like, be aware that she's accomplished so much and she's still so young. Honestly, like, I know that you guys are kind of coming at her with love, too. But I feel like the amount of media on her right now is kind of insane for her age. I just want her to, like, take care of herself."