Patrick Mouratoglou comments on Naomi Osaka being heckled in Indian Wells



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Patrick Mouratoglou comments on Naomi Osaka being heckled in Indian Wells

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou offered empathy for Naomi Osaka after the former world No. 1 was heckled at the Indian Wells Masters. Osaka, who won her first Masters title in Indian Wells in 2018, was visibly upset after the opening game of her second round match against Veronika Kudermetova.

After getting heckled from the crowd, Osaka was visibly upset, started crying and wanted the fan who heckled her thrown out of the stadium. Osaka went on to lose the match in straight sets. "I felt for Naomi yesterday, " Mouratoglou wrote on Twitter.

"Tough to be in a job that requires to be under the spotlight when you feel so sensitive and vulnerable."

Osaka addressed the crowd after the match

"Hi," Osaka said, greeting the crowd. "I just wanted to say thank you.

I feel like I cried enough on camera. To be honest, I've gotten heckled before and it didn't really bother me. But heckled here. ... I've watched a video of Serena and Venus getting heckled here and if you've never watched it you should watch.

I don't know why but it went into my head and got replayed a lot. I'm trying not to cry but, I just wanted to say thank you and congratulations [Veronika]. Thank you." Kudermetova didn't let the crowd heckling Osaka impact her focus on the court as she defeated the Japanese 6-0 6-4.

It was the first meeting between Kudermetova and Osaka. After upsetting Osaka, Kudermetova admitted she was glad she got a chance to play the four-time Grand Slam champion. "It's nice to play against great players, against Naomi, because I never play against her," Kudermetova said.

"I want to play that match because I want to see what I can improve, what I need to improve. I play really well today. I hope I will continue to play like that."