“People will always have something to say and I don’t give a fuck anymore”

Naomi Osaka recently hosted a Q&A on her Instagram Stories, where she talked about her mantra for facing the naysayers, her experience lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Tokyo Games and a behind-the-scenes moment of the Australian Open 2021.

In one of the questions, a fan urged Osaka to play every match at the Australian Open with the belief that she had something to prove. She responded by saying she has nothing to prove to anyone, since naysayers will always criticize her no matter how many Grand Slams she wins.

“Go into every game of this tournament like you have something to prove,” one fan pointed out.

“With all due respect, I have nothing to prove,” Osaka said. “Before my first slam, I was told that I had potential but that I was probably not going to take advantage of it. After my first slam, I was told that I had been lucky and that I was a one-hit wonder. After my second slam, I was told I could be awesome but “I wasn’t sure. After my third and fourth slams, I was told that I would only be good on hard courts. Moral of the story – people will always have something to say and idgaf [I don’t give a f***] more.”

Naomi Osaka during one of her training sessions ahead of the Australian Open 2022
Naomi Osaka during one of her training sessions ahead of the Australian Open 2022

The world number 14 was then asked to share a funny behind-the-scenes incident with her fans. In response, Osaka revealed that her feet couldn’t fit into her heels during her “championship photoshoot” at last year’s Australian Open. The Japanese star recalled spending 20 minutes looking for new shoes and those present at the photoshoot are now calling it ‘the shoe incident’.

“A random funny moment behind the scenes that we don’t know about?” a fan asked the four-time Major champion.

“In my whole life I haven’t been able to put on the heels I was supposed to wear for the trophy photo last year. I spent 20 minutes trying to find new shoes, came back this year and I found out it was now called the incident shoe,” she said.

A 13-year-old budding tennis player told Naomi Osaka that he had only won one tournament so far and asked her for advice. Osaka responded by pointing out that she hadn’t won any tournaments as a child and pointed out that winning is not important as long as one enjoys playing the sport.

“I’m 13 and I’ve only won one tournament, are you ok?” asked a fan.

“I literally didn’t win a single tournament when I was young, so you’re amazing to me. But all kidding aside, winning isn’t important as long as you have fun and rise to the challenge, especially at your age, that’s all that matters,” said the 24-year-old.

“Tennis allowed me to light the Olympic torch in Tokyo” – Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron at the Tokyo Olympics
Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron at the Tokyo Olympics

During the Q&A, Naomi Osaka was asked to talk about her biggest tennis achievement to date. In response, she expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

The four-time Grand Slam champion has become the first tennis player in history to have the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron.

“What would you say would be your greatest achievement so far, in terms of tennis?” a fan asked Osaka.

“Tennis allowed me to light the Olympic torch in Tokyo. I think it’s something that I will remember and be very grateful for for the rest of my life,” she said.

Seeded 13th, Osaka is set to face Colombian Camila Osorio in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open tomorrow.


Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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