Andy Murray explains the sympathy for Naomi Osaka was focused on Heckler in his second Klaossies Wells Saturday, but bad fans of Indian waves.
Osaka was thrown into the game and started crying after a call, "Noemi, you suck!" early on in her eventual 6-0 6-4 loss to Veronika Kudermetova.
After the match, Osaka talked straightforwardly to the generally strong group, saying the episode helped her to remember the maltreatment Venus and Serena Williams got at the competition in 2001, which drove them to blacklist the occasion for over 10 years.
“I’ve often thought watching certain sports, I wouldn’t say I’ve often seen it loads in tennis … but if I watch a football or a soccer match and a player’s going to take throw-in or a corner kick and the crowd are just hurling insults at those individuals.
“I always think, how is that allowed? Like, you can’t do that,” he said, adding that such behavior would be unacceptable in public or any other workplace setting.
Murray said he had heard comments that were “not comfortable” when playing Davis Cup matches away from home in intense environments.
“Obviously I feel for Naomi, that it upset her a lot but yeah, it’s always been something that’s been part of sport, I guess, as well,” Murray said.
“So, you know, you have to, I guess, be prepared for that in some ways and be able to tolerate it because it does happen regularly across all sports.”