WATCH: Naomi Osaka Shows Incredible Class by Consoling Tearful Coco Gauff After US Open Win, Inviting Her to Join in Post-match Interview

Naomi Osaka, right, embraced Coco Gauff after winning their third-round match at the U.S. Open on Saturday night.
Credit: Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

Naomi Osaka beat Coco Gauff at the US Open then showed unbelievable maturity to console her teenage opponent.

Naomi Osaka beat Coco Gauff in convincing fashion on Arthur Ashe Stadium but her actions straight after the match showed her great sportsmanship.

As the pair embraced at the net, Gauff was visibly upset and after saluting the crowd, Osaka walked over to the teen and encouraged her to speak to the crowd before leaving the court.

Gauff told Osaka that she would cry if she spoke but the 15-year-old eventually agreed to talk and received a huge ovation from the crowd.

Osaka then spoke to ESPN’s Pam Shriver and told Gauff’s parents: “You guys raised an amazing player. I used to see you guys training in the same place as us.

“The both of us made it and are working as hard as we can. I think you guys are amazing and Coco is amazing.”

She continued: “I think this is the most focused I have been since Australia. I am sorry for playing you in this mentality. It was super fun.

“Thanks for coming out, the energy was crazy even though it wasn’t really for me.

“I have watched her [Coco] play a couple of times and always thought she was an incredible mover. It was an incredible atmosphere too.”

After this moment of class, the tennis community came out in force to hail the duo.

Sloane Stephens said: “This support is what tennis should be about. Well done @Naomi_Osaka_ @CocoGauff.”

Nicole Gibbs wrote: “Wow – @Naomi_Osaka_ inviting @CocoGauff to be part of after-match press.

“Take a bow, both. Such a special moment.”

Former player James Blake said: “@Naomi_Osaka_ asking @CocoGauff to be a part of this interview is so thoughtful and nice.

“These are going to be two great champions for a long time. Amazing tennis from Naomi as well.”

Billie Jean King wrote: “Congratulations to @Naomi_Osaka_, who showed greatness on and off the court. @CocoGauff now knows what she needs to do to get to No. 1.

“How fortunate we all are to have witnessed the dawning of a new era in women’s tennis.”

SOURCE: – Uche Amako