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Naomi Osaka’s win over 15-year-old Coco Gauff during the U.S. Open on Saturday has taken over the Internet, not only because of Gauff’s surprise loss, but because of Osaka’s words of encouragement to her after the fact. After the match 21-year-old Osaka walked over to a crying Gauff and urged her to stay on the court for interviews.
“You guys raised an amazing player,” she said. “I used to see you guys training in the same place as us. The both of us made it and are working as hard as we can. I think this is the most focused I have been since Australia.”
Gauff later told reporters how Osaka comforted her after the match.
“I was wanting to leave the court because I’m not the type of person who wants to cry in front of everyone. I didn’t want to take that moment away from her, as well,” she said. “She told me it’s better than crying in the shower. She convinced me multiple times to stay. I kept saying no. Finally I said, OK, I’ll do it. Because I didn’t know what to do. I’m happy that she kind of convinced me to do it because, I mean, I’m not used to crying in front of everyone.”
Osaka’s support for Gauff has since gone viral, with many praising the tennis champ for her sportsmanship. Celebrities including Jennifer Garner have posted about the match and its aftermath.
“The most amazing example of sportsmanship!! 😭♥️ I know nothing about tennis, but I will learn the rules to be your biggest fan, @naomiosaka and @cocogauff,” Garner wrote. “Your parents must be so proud. 🤗 Thank you both for being awesome. xxx”