Naomi Osaka is overflowing with positive energy!
The Japanese tennis superstar, who has amassed several accolades, including successive Grand Slam singles titles like the iconic Serena Williams, recently addressed her haters.
Taking to Twitter, the 24-year-old professional athlete shared a powerful message, highlighting her love for fans while seemingly slamming critics.
Naomi Osaka Penned A Touching Tweet To Her Loyal Supporters
On Tuesday, April 26, the former No.1 WTA ranker opened up to fans about the importance of their support in a heartwarming post.
In the Tweet, the four-time Grand Slam singles champion dropped a red heart, pleading face, and prayer hand emojis alongside the words:
“Lol, I just want to say if you fw me, thank you. Tbh there’s probably a lot of people praying on my downfall, but I don’t really feel it cause the love overpowers everything. Thank you”
In response to her emotional message, fans flooded the post with over 15,000 likes and numerous supportive messages, confirming that they would follow the athlete forever.
Although Osaka did not mention a reason for this sudden shout-out to fans, the Tweet could be aimed at the trolls who frequently tried to destroy her spirit.
Last month, The Blast reported that the Japanese native suffered an emotional blow during a tennis match at the Indian Wells Masters.
While playing against Japan’s Veronika Kudermetova, the 24-year-old lost focus in the match’s early stages after an unidentified female heckler insulted her.
Hiding in the audience, the jeerer taunted the ESPY Award winner by yelling, “Naomi, you suck!” This rude commentary continued until the poor athlete could no longer endure it.
Lol I just want to say if you fw me thank you. Tbh there’s probably a lot of people praying on my downfall but I don’t really feel it cause the love overpowers everything. Thank you ❤️🥺🙏🏾
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) April 26, 2022
While suffering from a 3-0 loss to her opponent, the Nissan brand ambassador requested a time out to approach the umpire about the unrelenting heckler.
“I just want to say something. I’m not going to curse. I don’t curse. It’s just weighing on my heart,” she told the official, hoping to put an end to the awful situation.
However, the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award winner’s plea fell on deaf ears as the umpire refused to grant her an audience with the crowd.
However, the moderator promised to find and remove the heckler from the games if she persisted with the taunts. Unfortunately, the damage had already been inflicted on Osaka’s mind as she lost the match.
Following her painful defeat, the seven WTA titles holder stayed back to address her harasser in an interview, barely holding back the tears that threatened to spill down her face as she said:
“I just wanted to say thank you. I feel like I cry enough on camera. To be honest, I’ve been heckled before. It doesn’t really bother me, but being heckled here ….”
The “Naomi Osaka” star explained that her situation reminded her of the Grand-Slam sisters Serena and Venus Williams, who got mocked in the same spot in 2001.
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As reported by CNN, the former No.1 titleholder had a brighter experience during her first-round match at the Miami Open, where she attained the sweet taste of victory.
The 24-year-old defeated Australia’s Astra Sharma in an incredible game, marking Osaka’s first successful match since the Indian Wells incident.
Following her triumph, the Grand Slam champion happily told reporters that her emotional state had improved, revealing she sought professional help to overcome her issues.
“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I finally started talking to a therapist after Indian Wells,” she said, adding that it took a year after the French Open to seek help.
Last year, the Laureus Award winner withdrew from the Roland Garros in Paris after her mental health took a beating. However, the tennis player was back in shape thanks to her therapist.
“I realize how helpful it is,” Osaka said about the physician, “I’m glad that I have people around me that told me to go in that direction.”
The advice to see a therapist came from her sister, Mari Osaka, a former professional tennis player, and Naomi’s coach Wim Fissette.
According to the Glamour Award winner, the pair’s concern for her mental health finally helped her realize the need to see a therapist.