Australian Open winner Naomi Osaka got the name game wrong.
After Osaka’s match with runner-up Jennifer Brady, Osaka got a blunder during her acceptance speech. The unforced error was seen in some quarters as a modification of his opponent.
Osaka beat Brady 6-4 6-3 to win his second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam. During her acceptance speech, she turned to Brady and asked, “Do you like being called Jenny or Jennifer?”
Brady answered clearly. “Jenny.”
Osaka didn’t miss a beat. “First of all, I want to congratulate Jennifer.”
Osaka, 23, from Japan, then congratulated Brady. But the damage has been done, as Twitter’s outrage crowd has taken turns. So far, the tally seems to be divided between rudeness, timing error and trolling.
Look and decide for yourself.
I love how Naomi Osaka politely asked Jennifer Brady if she’d rather be called “Jennifer” or “Jenny” and then completely ignored what she said 😆pic.twitter.com/b8UzciMQnF
– Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 20, 2021