On Saturday, tennis player Naomi Osaka won the US Open over Victoria Azarenka, and took home her third Grand Slam title.
After her win, Naomi was asked about her decision to wear the masks, and her response was so powerful.
“You said from the beginning you had seven matches, seven masks, [and] seven names. What was the message you wanted to send?” ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi asked.
“Well, what was the message you got? [That] was more the question,” Naomi responded.
“I feel like the point is to make people start talking,” she continued.
When asked what made her “most gratified” for the awareness that she raised, Naomi said she had been inside of “the bubble” during the games, so she “wasn’t really sure what’s really going on in the outside world.”
“All I can tell is what’s going on on social media, and for me I feel like the more retweets it gets…that’s so lame, but you know, the more people talk about it,” she added.
People on social media were quick to applaud the 22-year-old champion for her poignant response, including The Black List founder Franklin Leonard, writing, “I couldn’t be a bigger fan.”
Others thanked her for “turning the question back”:
Some wished the reporter had taken the opportunity to share what he took away from the masks instead:
This person said what was “so good” about her response is, “it immediately makes you reflect and ask yourself that question”:
“Instant queen status,” another user wrote.
Congrats for being a champion on and off the court, Naomi.
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