Australian Open 2022: Naomi Osaka spills on Nick Kyrgios

Australian Open 2022: Naomi Osaka spills on Nick Kyrgios


Naomi Osaka finds it hard to come out of her shell but has given an insight into her tennis inspirations – including rowdy Aussie Nick Kyrgios.

Quiet Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has revealed her admiration for outgoing Aussie player Nick Kyrgios.

When asked about her tennis inspirations and who she has been watching, when speaking to media after her 6-0 6-4 win against American Madison Brengle on Wednesday night, Osaka was quick to name Kyrgios with a laugh.

“I’m honestly feeling like now it’s not Australian Open if you don’t watch a night match of Kyrgios on John Cain (Arena),” the world No. 13 said.

“This guy’s literally always on that court. I thought his serve was awesome. I don’t think my serve percentage was as good as his, but it was really nice to see him back and having the crowd so hyped up.”

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Osaka also named teenage up-and-comer Carlos Alcaraz as one to watch, saying she wishes she could trade her forehand with his.

“It’s really fun to watch other players. I think the energy in Grand Slams is really different from other tournaments,” she said.

Osaka, who says she finds it hard to come out of her shell, has made it a point that one her main priorities while playing in the Australian Open is to have fun.

That’s something Kyrgios sure did on his 6-4 6-4 6-3 win against Brit Liam Broady on Tuesday night.

There was dancing between serves, banter with the crowd and two tweeners.

Kyrgios described the crowd as being like a “zoo, and in a post-match press conference revealed his decision to hype the crowd was strategic.

“I think from the get-go, I know I’ve got the crowd in the palm of my hand, and any time I can use that to, you know, spark a moment or spark some energy,” he explained.

“You know, obviously Liam is a great player but his experience on that court in that situation, when the crowd is going nuts, he has never experienced that before, hence the reason why on breakpoints I’m trying to get the crowd up, get him to feel the pressure a little bit more.”

Broady described the experience as “absolutely awful”.

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