Last Updated on March 7, 2019
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.