Naomi Osaka heckled at Indian Wells during loss


Naomi Osaka was left in tears on Saturday after a fan heckled her from the stands during the first set of her BNP Paribas Open showdown against Veronika Kudermetova.

Kudermetova would ultimately prevail on the day, after Osaka was unable to fully regain her composure and go on to lose 6-0, 6-4.

What stole the show, however, was Osaka’s dealings with the heckler.

After the first game of the match, a fan in the stands yelled out: “Naomi, you suck.” Osaka immediately shut down and walked over to the chair umpire to request the fan be removed. The request was rejected. A little while later, Osaka requested to use umpire’s microphone to address the crowd. That ask was rejected as well.


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