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Naomi Osaka courtside in Dallas “watching tennis for fun”
The former World No. 1 enjoyed life as a tennis fan during qualies at the ATP Dallas Open.
Published Feb 07, 2022
Naomi Osaka is back on the tennis courts—this time, as a fan. The former World No. 1 was spotted in the stands at the inaugural Dallas Open over the weekend, and she’s been posting up a storm on social media as she takes in the action.
While in town for her boyfriend Cordae’s concert promoting his new album From A Birds Eye View, Osaka took the opportunity to make a surprise appearance at Southern Methodist University and watch her good friend Chris Eubanks make his way through the qualifying rounds.
“This dude got me here watching tennis for fun,” Osaka posted on Instagram Stories with a laughing emoji and a tag to Eubanks’ account.
Her support may have helped inspire the 25-year-old American as he came back from a set down against J.J. Wolf to win 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4, before he eventually bowed out to top seed Vasek Pospisil in straight sets in the second round.
“Major thank you @NaomiOsaka for taking the time out to come show some support today! I’m super thankful to call you a friend,” he tweeted afterward.
As Cordae’s tour is set to continue across North America, Osaka confirmed that her next time on tennis courts—as a player, not a fan—will be at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.