Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has apologised for her endearingly awkward winner’s speech in which she asked runner up Jennifer Brady how she preferred to be called – and still got it wrong.
Ruthless in her straight sets title victory on court, Osaka was typically charming in her acceptance speech afterwards, with the crowd at times in stitches and others in rapturous applause as they got another window into the multi-faceted personality.
But it was Osaka’s classically awkward opener which perhaps gardener the biggest reaction.
“Do you like to be called Jenny or Jennifer,” Osaka started, turning to her beaten opponent.
“Jenny,” Brady replied, before Osaka addressed her as Jennifer anyway, much to the crowd’s amusement.
It was an innocuous error from the blossoming Japanese star, with her opponent good enough to see the lighter side of the gaffe.
But almost 24 hours later, Osaka has only just now been made aware by her unwitting trolling of her opponent.
“Omg no,” She Tweeted this afternoon beside a video of the moment.
“I promise you my mind thought I called her Jenny in that moment and I was so confused why the crowd was laughing. I’m so sorry.”
At the age of 23, Osaka has now won four Grand Slams, two Australian Opens and two US Opens, to make her the undisputed superstar of her generation.
She is just two Slams behind Serena Williams’ tally at the same age, with the 23-time major winning 39-year-old having already achieved the ‘Serena Slam’ by her 24th birthday.