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Andy Murray ‘falls in love’ with Naomi Osaka after star shed tears by Indian Wells heckler

Naomi Osaka was clearly upset after being targeted by a giant at the Indian Wells Masters, and went on to lose her second round match in consecutive sets.

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Andy Murray expressed his sympathy to Naomi Osaka after she was held with a stick – but warned his fellow tennis stars that they must learn to ‘tolerate’ the abuse.

Osaka was clearly upset during her second round match against Veronika Kudermetova at Master Indian Wellsafter she was targeted by a scammer in the crowd.

Japanese tennis star delivered an inspirational comeback win over Sloane Stephens in her first game in California, but fell straight to world number 24.

She was apparently swayed by a fan shouting “Naomi, you suck” in the first episode and she wanted to use the umpire’s microphone to speak back – a request that was denied.







Naomi Osaka was moved to tears by a knock at Indian Wells Masters
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Osaka lost the first set without a game, before a 6-4 defeat in the second saw her Indian Wells campaign come to an end.

The 24-year-old cried during her post-match interview and revealed that the comment affected her a lot because it reminded her of the boos from Serena and Venus Williams at the same 2001 event.

England star Murray was asked for his thoughts on the incident during his post-match interview following his own defeat to Alexander Bublik.

“It was a difficulty,” he said. “I usually think that having watched certain sports, I wouldn’t say I see it load in tennis very often – I know it’s happened but I don’t think it’s that common in tennis.

“But if I watch a football match and a player is going to take a throw-in or a corner and the crowd is just insulting those individuals, I always think, you know, that’s allowed. You can’t do that.

“If you do that to someone while you’re walking down the street or in any other kind of work environment, that’s clearly not tolerated.”







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Murray went on to say that he feels such incidents are always likely to remain part of elite level sport and that athletes need to “be able to deal with it”.

“Obviously I’ve played in certain atmospheres as well as myself in tennis, like the Davis Cup atmosphere, away from home, especially where the atmosphere is tense, and sometimes things get talked about. And it’s not comfortable at all.

“Obviously the people who come to watch, obviously you want them to be there and support the players and obviously not make it harder for them. I don’t know, but it’s also something that’s always been part of sport. like fine.

“For example, if you go to a basketball game and a player takes the free throws, I would say that almost every basketball game I’ve ever been in, one of the players gets hit by the crowd. crazy.

“And even though those individuals do it wrong, athletes obviously have to get used to it or be able to deal with it, even though it’s not pleasant at all.

“So obviously I feel for Naomi, which obviously upsets her a lot, but it’s always been part of sports. So you have to be prepared for that in a way. number of ways and is tolerable as it happens so often across all sports.”

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