Naomi Osaka has addressed her emotional reaction to being heckled in the second round of Indian Wells.
Osaka lost to Veronika Kudermetova but approached the umpire in the second set regarding the heckler in the stands.
The four-time grand slam champion was left in tears over the shouting.
Although other tennis stars have expressed their sympathy, it has been equally met with the idea that players must be ready for situations like this – as Rafael Nadal said.
But Osaka took to Twitter to address her emotional reaction.
Very proud of myself for reaching a point in my life that despite the lows, I would still rather be myself than anyone else.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) March 17, 2022
“I would still rather be myself than anyone else,” she wrote.
The 24-year-old explained after the match that the heckling brought back memories of an incident in 2001 at Indian Wells where Serena Williams had been booed.
Both Serena and Venus Williams boycotted the event until 2015 when the former returned.