Andy Murray weighs in on Naomi Osaka being heckled in Indian Wells



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Andy Murray weighs in on Naomi Osaka being heckled in Indian Wells

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray acknowledged that being heckled by fans isn't something that players enjoy but suggested that Naomi Osaka needs to learn how to deal with it as it happens regularly in sports. On Saturday, Osaka broke down in tears after getting heckled by a fan from the crowd.

Osaka went on to lose to Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets and after the match addressed the crowd. "It’s a difficult one. I’ve often thought [when] watching certain sports, I wouldn’t say I’ve often seen it loads in tennis.

I know it’s happened. But I don’t think it’s that common in tennis," Murray said, per Tennishead. “But if I watch a football match and a player’s going to take a throw-in or a corner kick and the crowd are just hurling insults at those individuals, I always think ‘how’s that allowed? You can’t do that.’ “If you’re doing that to someone when you’re walking down the street or in any other sort of work environment, that’s obviously not tolerated."

Murray: I feel for Osaka but she needs to learn how to deal with it

“If you go and watch a basketball match, for example, and a player’s taking free throws, I would say like almost every basketball match I’ve been to one of the players has been heckled by the crowd as well," Murray added.

“And whilst it is wrong for those individuals to be doing it, the athletes obviously have to be used to that as well or be able to deal with that too, even though it’s not pleasant. “So, obviously I feel for Naomi, that obviously it upset her a lot, but it’s always been something that’s been part of sport as well.

“So you have to be prepared for that in some ways and be able to tolerate it because it does happen regularly across all sports."