A half-black/half-Japanese female tennis star has some cynical folks rolling their eyes over her “attention-seeking” behavior this Sunday at the Indian Wells Masters annual match, where she burst into tears after being heckled during a match.
U.S. tennis player Naomi Osaka burst into tears after a a single spectator shouted “Naomi, you suck” at her, according to The Guardian.
In response to the heckling, Osaka complained to the usher. She was then seen “visibly crying” as she returned to her playing position.
The Guardian claims that the heckling “was undoubtedly a major factor” as to why she lost the match to Veronika Kudermetova, the 24th top tennis player in the world.
Watch what happened below courtesy one of her apparent supporters:
This is when some dusty soul chose a quiet moment to shout “NAOMI YOU SUCK” at the #IndianWells tennis tournament, which resulted in Naomi Osaka openly crying & asking to address the crowd. Ppl are calling her weak, b/c they’re used to our young BW stars being warriors, not human pic.twitter.com/5C9eqfdf90
— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) March 13, 2022
Notice how her supporter used “BW” to describe her. Though the media are describing Osaka as “Japanese,” she’s considered by most to be a black woman.
After losing, Osaka then stuck around to tell the crowd what “woke” types would call “her truth.”
“Osaka made the unconventional decision to stay on court and be interviewed after her loss, saying that the incident reminded her of a video she watched of Venus and Serena Williams receiving abuse at the same venue in 2001,” The Guardian notes.
FYI, the venue is located in California, which is supposed to be the most “tolerant” state courtesy its far-left radical leftism.
“To be honest, I’ve been heckled before. It doesn’t really bother me. But being heckled here … I watched a video of Venus and Serena getting heckled here. If you’ve never watched it, you should watch it. And I don’t know why, but it got into my head, and it got replayed a lot. I’m trying not to cry,” the tennis star said to the crowd.
“To be honest, I’ve been heckled before, it didn’t really bother me, but um, heckled here — I watched a video of Venus & Serena getting heckled here, and if you’ve never watched it you should watch it, and I don’t know why but it went into my head and it got replayed a lot…” pic.twitter.com/AdVeQyVpxh
— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) March 13, 2022
Her tears haven’t been well-received by some, in part because of her history of pulling what critics say are “attention-seeking stunts.”
Last year, Osaka bowed out of the French Open because of the alleged mental stress, claiming that she needed time away from the cameras. Yet soon after, she began appearing all over TV and print.
“Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue,” radio show host Clay Travis noted in a tweet at the time.
Conservative commentator Megyn Kelly agreed, adding in a separate tweet — one that inspired Osaka to come after her — that the tennis star had also appeared on the cover of Vogue’s Japan edition and on the cover of Time magazine.
Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag! https://t.co/PAAUEwAVi0
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 19, 2021
Her current critics also argue that Osaka’s clear-cut inability to either take criticism or handle the heckling that’s inherent in the sports industry is a sign of how people have grown weak because of “woke” pandering.
I truly don’t understand how you can make it to this level in sports and yet be this emotionally fragile https://t.co/ZFq3XTvrE8
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 13, 2022
Tennis crowds have been awful lately (see the treatment Medvedev got at US Open and Australian finals). Having said that, this seemed like one heckler yelling “Naomi, you suck,” which is obviously uncalled for but not something that should knock her off her game to that degree https://t.co/aJXLP1pwQX
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 13, 2022
theres more to being a champion (at anything) than just hitting a ball. this sort of mental weakness isnt surprising from the post participation-trophy woke generation times. naomi osaka may have been #1; doesnt make her a true champion. she’s clearly not cut out for it mentally
— nvrqt 🔔🌹 (@nvrqt) March 13, 2022
Don’t think this pandering to Naomi Osaka helps her. A kick up the hole is sometimes more appropriate than an arm around the shoulder. Is spoilt and deluded far from mental health? Forgive me for not worrying about best paid sportswoman on earth not handling “you suck” right now.
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) March 13, 2022
Someone shouted “you suck” at Naomi Osaka during a tennis match and she cried ? Come on man
— IGZ (@igzrap) March 13, 2022
Despite the criticism, the tennis star does have her own army of supporters, many of whom have managed to turn this incident into another indictment of so-called “system racism” and alleged “white supremacy.”
The thing that got Naomi Osaka upset, was not just the fact that the “fan’ was heckling..That fan was being ALLOWED to repeatedly heckle and no one did anything about it. Naomi had to ask the officials could the heckler be removed.
This is how systematic white supremacy works
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) March 13, 2022
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