Japanese woman Naomi Osaka shared her impressions of returning to Indian Wells, where she won the title last year.
“Recently, more and more parents come to me and say that I am an idol for their children. It drives me crazy, because I understand what responsibility it is. I remember how idols are important in childhood. But judging by the words of parents, they approve of this choice.
I met a group of children in Indian Wells. They were so excited, asked for photos and autographs. At such moments, I barely hold back, so as not to cry, I am overwhelmed with emotions. After all, the point is not only tennis, but also the upbringing of a new generation.
At such moments, I remember my childhood. My idols inspired me to follow the dream. Now, being someone’s idol, I feel like a part of a single picture, although it seems to me that just yesterday I was eight years old, and I played on terrible public courts. Sorry for this stream of consciousness. Just wanted to share. I love you all! Thank you! “- wrote Osaka in her microblog on Twitter.