Naomi Osaka shares heartfelt post about boyfriend

As she draws ever closer to regaining the World No. 1 ranking, Naomi Osaka has taken a moment to write a heartfelt appreciation post about her boyfriend, rapper Cordae.

The World No. 2 is currently competing in the Miami Open, where her defeat of Aussie Ajla Tomljanović on Saturday (AEDT) progressed her to the tournament’s third round.

Osaka was dominant in the straight-sets win, but it was her emotional Instagram post that had fans talking in the lead-up to the match.

“Appreciation post for the mister because I feel like it today,” Osaka wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of herself and Cordae.

“This pic was right after winning the US Open finals. He stopped everything he was doing because I FaceTimed him a couple days earlier and said I was feeling sad and lonely in the bubble.

“I later found out that he hopped on a plane shortly after that call and then quarantined himself for a couple days in a hotel to see me and support.”

She added that “the funniest part is even after doing all this I’m still convinced he doesn’t understand the rules of tennis lol”, sharing a video of herself on court, laughing at Cordae’s antics in the crowd.

Naomi Osaka celebrates during the final of the 2021 Australian Open.Source:Getty Images

Naomi Osaka has a chance to usurp Ash Barty as World No. 1 should she hoist the trophy at this year’s Miami Open. Osaka, 23, last held the spot in September 2019 but has been supremely convincing since the WTA tour resumed last August.

In that time, she’s chalked up 22 straight victories, taking out the women’s singles titles at both the US Open and the Australian Open.

Ash Barty will likely need to be knocked out of the tournament earlier than the final for Osaka to regain the top spot.

She’ll look to make it 23 wins in a row when she faces Serbian Nina Stojanović on Monday (AEDT).

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