Naomi Osaka opens on learning from Nick Kyrgios' serve



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Naomi Osaka opens on learning from Nick Kyrgios' serve

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka revealed she practiced with Nick Kyrgios in Los Angeles and there she closely watched the Australian's serve technique. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, wants to improve her serve and she used a practice session with Kyrgios to learn a thing or two from one of the best servers on the Tour.

"I hit with Nick in Los Angeles, and I was watching his like form from very close up, and he does like this slide thing and then he puts his two feet together and helps him explode more. I have been really focusing on that part of my technique," Osaka said, per Tennis Majors.

Kyrgios defended Osaka

Osaka's Indian Wells campaign came to an end on an unfortunate way as she suffered a second round defeat after being visibly upset and distraught on the court. Early in the first set a fan started heckling Osaka and the Japanese didn't take it well as she started crying and wanted the chair umpire to throw the heckler out of the stadium.

Osaka ended up suffering a 6-0 6-4 loss to Veronika Kudermetova. A few days later, Kyrgios was heckled during his Indian Wells quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal. After the match, Kyrgios blasted those who come to matches just to heckle athletes and to try to make them feel bad.

"It is getting worse because of social media, people think that they're relevant all of a sudden. Like, you're not relevant," Kyrgios said. "You have a little social media account that you type to people on.

You spread negativity. It's embarrassing, and you can see how it affects people. It's affecting Westbrook. It affects people. It affects Osaka. It affected me for years and it's not okay." Meanwhile, Osaka made a positive start to her Miami campaign as she defeated Astra Sharma and Angelique Kerber.