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On Day 6 Of 2019 U.S. Open, World No. 1 Naomi Osaka Displays Exquisite Support For Young Phenom Opponent Coco Gauff

Sunday, September 1, 2019


After defeating 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka not only hugged and comforted her at the net, but shortly thereafter walked over to not only reach out and console the tearful teen, but convinced her to jointly participate in the post-match on court interview.

Mary Jo Fernandez began the interview stating, "Coco, this crowd absolutely loves you. Tell us what Naomi told you at the net."  Gauff replied, "She told me that I did amazing and good luck. And then she asked if I could do the on court interview with her, and I said no, because I knew I was gonna cry the whole time, but she encouraged me to do it."

When asked what the experience had been like playing against Osaka, "I mean it was amazing, I mean she did amazing and I'm gonna learn a lot from this match, and she's been so sweet to me, so thank you for this."

"Once again, thank you Naomi, I don't want people to think that I'm trying to take this moment away from her, because she really deserves it, so thank you."

As Gauff turned and began to walk way, Osaka walked over to give her yet another big sister type of hug.  If you managed not to grab your heart or shed a tear in this moment, you're strong!

Fernandez then addressed Osaka, "You're a class act.  You're used to being the young one, what's it like now being the veteran and mentoring someone, like Coco."

"I don't think I'm a mentor.  I just want to say, if they're still here, you guys raised an amazing player.
I remember I used to see you guys, I don't want to cry ... I remember... I used to see you guys... sorry."

Osaka then began crying as she was speaking to Gauff's parents.  The emotion of this night was unbelieveably palpable.

"I remember I used to see you guys training in the same place as us, and for me, like the fact that both of us made it, and we're both still working as hard as we can, I think it's incredible and I think you guys are amazing, I think Coco you're amazing.

Osaka also said, "I think the energy was crazy, even though it wasn't for me.

Osaka's mother Tamaki, and both of Gauff's parents looked on with so much love, support and adoration on their faces for both of these young ladies.  This is definitely a moment that neither the players, their parents or a single person in the crowd will ever forget.

Nor will I.



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