I didn’t know who Naomi Osaka was until yesterday when she defeated Serena Williams in what appears to be a strange event with emotional outbursts and drama by the loser of the match. the press has been so one-sided about Serena Williams that the actual winner of the US Open championship appears to not be much of a story. I found it sad that a 20-year-old who had an amazing tournament and won has been seemingly written out of the US open news.
Osaka, Japan – was one of my favorite cities and arenas for a tour date. the arena was next to the Osaka castle, and we always stayed at the New Otani hotel that was walking distance and served a western breakfast. in addition, Osaka had one of the coolest toy/electronics districts in all of Japan.
how do the two Osaka’s merge? perhaps it is the sadness of not giving a young woman here due for winning a major event and allowing a superstar to seemingly act a fool and seem to divert credit and attention on herself. I don’t think this is the type of attention Serena Williams really wanted, yet, that is what it is.
let’s say the roles were reversed and a young Serena Williams defeated her childhood idol and won her first us open - and was left in a media blackout, while her opponent played the blame game. would she be quiet and in traditional Japanese fashion, say nothing to very little, or would she lash out, “hey, I won! where is my press…I just won a major tennis tournament!”
with the news so slanted and off-kilter in the states anymore, I wonder if the news report that her coach admitted he was coaching is true or just something someone made up and said because facts appear to mean little in modern reporting.
while I am not a tennis fan, and the only claim to tennis fame was getting bumped by Roger Federer and his family on a Swiss flight to Chicago – I was amazed at how grounded he and his family were in behavior and actions. maybe it was his demeanor and actions that set a benchmark for me with how a champion really acts and behave in public that have been eroded by the events of what transpired in the woman’s us open final?
I understand people have bad days, no one is perfect and we are all human beings – but don’t let one person’s bad day take away from a young player winning a major event at 20 years of age. it is a remarkable feat – yet – how many people will remember Ms. Osaka?
hopefully, she wins a few more events before her career is over. while I don’t follow tennis, I will follow her career and cheer her on with the added benefit of enjoying Osaka, Japan so much.
I don’t have any tennis photos – just a scene from the incline of what I walked up each morning a few times each day with equipment on my back to clear a forest. it is a bit like elite athletes and the time they spend alone training. no one is there to see the time, effort, and sweat that is put into getting to the top. perhaps that is why I am saddened by the spin the media has put upon the result of the match.