Naomi Osaka hilariously reacts to Stefanos Tsitsipas wanting women to play best-of-5



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Naomi Osaka hilariously reacts to Stefanos Tsitsipas wanting women to play best-of-5

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka was a bit stunned when she was told about Stefanos Tsitsipas' suggestion that women could maybe play best-of-five sets at the Grand Slams. Following her Miami round-of-16 victory over Alison Riske, Osaka was told about Tsitsipas' comments and she was asked would she like to play best-of-five sets.

"Does he want to play nine sets? If he tries to extend mine, I'm going to extend his (smiling)," Osaka said. Osaka then asked reporters was Tsitsipas asked that questions or he brought it up himself. A reporter answered that it was Tsitsipas that brought it up.

"This guy is so funny, man (smiling)," Osaka then said.

Osaka: I don't think that will happen

"I don't know. I feel that would change the structure of tennis. Like people will start doing things differently in the gym and stuff like that.

It will probably also get a very long time to be implemented, but you're also, like, a man is talking about a woman's sport, so I don't think his idea is going to go through," Osaka added. During his pre-tournament press conference, Tsitsipas suggested women could play best-of-five sets at the Majors.

“I don’t want to be controversial or anything. There is also the topic of equal pay and everything, women getting equal pay for playing best-of-three, then getting equal pay for playing best-of-five. I don’t know.

There are also a lot of scientists and statisticians, whatever, out there. I’ve been told that women have better endurance than men. I don’t know," Tsitsipas said. “Maybe they can also play best-of-five, I guess.

For Grand Slams, best-of-five, I like it. On the other side, on the other hand, we would have seen much more variety when it comes to different Grand Slam winners if it was best-of-three, I believe. I very much believe that the winners of Grand Slams would be very different if the format was best-of-three in men."