Naomi Osaka Brought to Tears by Heckler During Match

( During her match against Veronika Kudermetova at Indian Wells over the weekend, tennis star Naomi Osaka broke down into tears after a heckler in the crowd shouted “Naomi, you suck!”

Osaka was trailing 3-0 when the heckler shouted out. As the crowd jeered, Osaka pleaded with the chair umpire to let her borrow the microphone and speak to the crowd. She assured the umpire that she wasn’t going to curse, she just wanted to say something that was “weighing on my heart.”

The umpire didn’t permit Osaka to address the crowd. Instead, tournament officials said they would find the offending woman and toss her out of the match if she interrupted again. But the heckler didn’t continue.

After she lost the match, Osaka was allowed to gain access to the mic, so she addressed the heckler’s comment. She said she had been heckled before and it never bothered her. But this time, the heckler’s comment got to her.

She described watching a video of Venus and Serena Williams getting heckled at Indian Wells twenty years ago and here getting heckled there too “went to my head.”