You know there are a lot of things going in an around even after a tournament is drawn to a close. For a player, lifting the coveted trophy isn’t the end of the things either because you know… the fans are waiting for your applause and then there is this post-match presser.
Receiving accolades from all around the globe is one thing, but getting similar contentment from your loved ones is all what one craves for. But imagine you calling your mum after a tiring day and all you get is a massive reproach just because you’ve stayed awake so late.
Well, that’s the story of the recently crowned Australian Open champion, Naomi Osaka. Osaka, who defeated Petra Kvitová 7-6 5-7 6-4 in a gruelling final at Melbourne Park, spoke on the WTA Insider Podcast after the win and explained the reaction her mother gave following her triumph.
“I called my mum after I did all the press,” Osaka told the podcast.
“She didn’t even say congratulations. She just yelled at me to go to sleep. So I felt really loved.”
But then, her sister got it covered. “And then I called my sister when I got back to the hotel and she was really happy for me,” Osaka said. So if you are thinking you are the only one not getting enough parental appreciation, well… there are many others out their (Joke. No seriousness).
But then comes the harsh reality. No matter the age or the step you are on; once you start performing better, it takes no time for the spectators to start drawing comparisons with the bests. And in the world of Tennis, having a collation with Serena Williams is an ordinary thing. Osaka did beat the 23-time Grand Slam winner in 2018 US Open, but the fact remains that at 21, Williams had six slam titles.