August 10, 2022

Andy Murray says tennis gamers have needed to be taught to be ready for hecklers after Naomi Osaka was lowered to tears by crowd taunts in her Indian Wells defeat by  Veronika Kudermetova.

The 24-year-old Osaka, who took day trip of the 2021 season to take care of her psychological well being, was upset by a crowd member shouting ‘Naomi, you suck’.

She complained to the umpire and went on to lose the match 6-0, 6-4. She even requested the umpire if she might use their microphone to deal with the group at one second within the match.

‘I’ve to talk to my supervisor. What do you wish to say?’ the chair umpire responded.

‘I simply wish to say one thing,’ Osaka replied. ‘I’m not going to curse. I don’t curse. It’s simply weighing on my coronary heart.’

Nonetheless, the chair umpire – who elected to speak by the emotional scenario with the WTA Tour supervisor Claire Wooden – denied Osaka’s request to deal with the group. She mentioned giving a microphone to a participant throughout a match was unprecedented.

Andy Murray, pictured with Naomi Osaka after a observe session in 2018, has advised her she has to be taught to tolerate hecklers throughout her tennis matches

Osaka was reduced to tears by a heckler during Saturday night's Indian Wells defeat

Osaka was lowered to tears by a heckler throughout Saturday night time’s Indian Wells defeat

The 24-year-old (left) lost to Veronika Kudermetova (right) in the Indian Wells tournament

The 24-year-old (left) misplaced to Veronika Kudermetova (proper) within the Indian Wells match

‘It’s a troublesome one,’ Murray mentioned, after his defeat within the match to Alexander Bublik. ‘I’ve usually thought watching sure sports activities, I wouldn’t say I’ve usually seen it masses in tennis – I do know it’s occurred however I don’t suppose it’s that frequent in tennis – but when I watch a soccer match and a participant’s going to take a throw-in or a nook kick and the group are simply hurling insults at these people, I at all times suppose like, you realize, how’s that allowed? You’ll be able to’t do this.

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‘For those who’re doing that to somebody once you’re strolling down the road or in some other type of work surroundings, that’s clearly not tolerated.

‘I’ve performed in sure atmospheres as properly myself in tennis, like Davis Cup atmospheres, away from house, particularly the place the environment’s intense, and generally issues are mentioned and it’s not that snug.

Murray said that sometimes players are forced to play in situations that are uncomfortable

Murray mentioned that generally gamers are compelled to play in conditions which are uncomfortable

Murray insisted that heckling isn't ok - just something that players have to learn to cope with

Murray insisted that heckling isn’t okay – simply one thing that gamers should be taught to deal with

‘The people who come to look at, clearly you need them to be there and supporting the gamers and never making it tougher for them. I don’t know, but it surely’s additionally one thing that’s at all times simply form of been a part of sports activities as properly.

‘For those who go and watch a basketball match, for instance, and a participant’s taking free throws, I’d say like virtually each basketball match I’ve been to one of many gamers has been heckled by the group as properly, and while it’s mistaken for these people to be doing it, the athletes should form of be used to that as properly or be capable of take care of that too, although it’s not nice.

‘So, I really feel for Naomi, that clearly it upset her so much, but it surely’s at all times been one thing that’s been a part of sport as properly. So you need to be ready for that in some methods and be capable of tolerate it as a result of it does occur frequently throughout all sports activities.’

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