Courtside...

10 Questions with Naomi Osaka, who gives us an update on Michael B. Jordan

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

The Straits Times caught up with US Open champion Naomi Osaka to pose 10 quick questions, which she answered in her usual inimitable style.

Q Greatest athlete in the world right now.

A I would say Usain Bolt.

Q A sport that is not tennis which you like to watch.

A I like to watch basketball but I haven't been watching recently so I'm not sure if that counts.

Q Last movie that you made you cry.

A I don't want to be a wimp though! Lion?

Q One memory of Singapore you'll keep with you.

A Definitely just this whole experience. I can't really separate it into parts, but I'm very happy that I'm here.

Q One thing in tennis you would change.

A Anything? Ooh, I would put like very loud music. I know they do that sometimes, but like very, very loud music during changeovers, and signs that say , "Pump it up!" or something like that.

Q Do you think there should be on-court coaching for Grand Slams?

A I feel that Grand Slams are special in a way that you don't have coaching. And I don't know, the players always have to think for themselves. I think it's kind of cool that Grand Slams are different from every other event. So, I don't really think so.

Q Weirdest thing a fan has given you or asked you.

A Someone had a sign and it said, "Please put your phone number" on the sign. I thought that was funny.

Q Biggest change in tennis in last five years.

A I don't know. I just started, I literally am so new. I just came here five years ago so I wouldn't know.

Q We know you picked Michael B Jordan as your celebrity crush on the Ellen Show. Any updates on that?

A My thing is, okay, I just named him because he is good-looking. I didn't know what a crush was. So now everyone in the world thinks that I'm super in love with him but I'm not. I just thought he is good-looking. Now it is the most embarrassing thing in the world.

(Would you like to clarify your position now?) Yes, my position is I think he is good-looking, but it would be cool if he was like my older brother. Ew, that's gross if I think my older brother is good-looking. Erm, okay, it would be cool if we could be friends.

Q One place you would recommend people visit in your home country.

A In Tokyo, definitely Harajuku.

David Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'Naomi Osaka'. Print Edition | Subscribe