Naomi Osaka receives very special message from Coco Gauff at US Open

Osaka watched Gauff's US Open semifinal win over Karolina Muchova.

by Dzevad Mesic
Naomi Osaka receives very special message from Coco Gauff at US Open
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Coco Gauff wished Naomi Osaka a happy upcoming comeback and also told the Japanese tennis star she is looking forward to seeing her again competing on the Tour. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, was in the stands for Gauff's 6-4 7-5 win over Karolina Muchova in the US Open semifinal.

Osaka, who recently welcomed her first child, won't play any tournaments this year but she is expected to make a comeback at the start of the 2024 season. “I did not notice she was sitting here until now but, I mean, thanks for coming.

I mean Naomi, I remember the moment we had on this court, I don't even remember like three years ago and it meant a lot me. I'm so excited to have you back on tour and hopefully, you know, I get to meet your daughter. So thank you so much for coming and hi to your mom too as well,” Gauff said in her on-court interview.

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Osaka dropped major praise on Gauff

On Wednesday, Osaka arrived at the US Open as she was scheduled to speak in a mental health forum alongside American swimming legend Michael Phelps.

After the event, Osaka dropped some major praise on Gauff, saying the 19-year-old American is someone she would want to be a role model for her daughter Shai. "I don't know if I would be bold enough to say I mentored her but I’m always really proud of everything that she does.

She seems like such a good person. Just everything that she’s doing and speaking out about so many different topics. I think it’s something that I'd love to have my kid to look up to her as a role model. Just seeing her doing well in her home Grand Slam is really cool. I cheer for her every match she plays," Osaka told ESPN when asked about Gauff on Wednesday.

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