The world’s No. 2 female tennis player played her first public Saturday night after retiring from the French Open and Wimbledon. A thoughtful Naomi Osaka took the stage at the ESPYs to receive the award for ‘Best Athlete, Women’s Sports.’
Osaka, who has revealed that she suffers from social anxiety and depression, especially in public, gave a speech that lasted less than a minute. Her voice slightly suffocating led the four-time winner with honesty.
“I just really do not want to give a long speech because I’m a little nervous,” she said as support cries shouted among the audience.
After thanking ESPN and her fans, Osaka continued: “I know this year has been real ̵
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She ended by blowing herself out a bit: “These are my first ESPYs, so it’s really cool to be surrounded by all these incredible athletes. I think all of you guys are really cool and I watch some of you on TV so it’s really surreal to be here. ”
. @ naomiosaka is 2021 @ESPYS ‘winner for best athlete, women’s sport!
… and she always gives the healthiest speeches 🥺 pic.twitter.com/XrorWcjVUz
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 11, 2021
Here is the list of ESPY winners so far:
Jimmy V Award for Endurance: Chris Nikic
Pat Tillman Award for Service: Marcus Rashford
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Maya Moore
Best team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL
Best championship moment: Los Angeles Dodgers Win World Series
Best athlete, men’s sports: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Best coach: Tara VanDerveer
Best WWE moment: Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair make history as the first black women for the main event WrestleMania.
Best championship performance: Simone Biles
Best game: Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray Launches Hail Mary for DeAndre Hopkins
Best game: NCAA Men’s Last Four: Gonzaga Defeats UCLA 93-90
Best breakthrough athlete: LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
Best athlete, women’s sport: Naomi Osaka, Tennis
Best record-breaking performance: Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards, Oscar Robertson’s 47-Year Triple Record Breaks 182
Best college athlete, men’s sport: DeVonta Smith, Alabama football
Best NFL player: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Best MLB player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Best NBA player: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Best WNBA player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Best international athlete, women’s soccer: Sam Mewis, Manchester City / USA national team
Best driver: Lewis Hamilton, F1
Best international athlete, football for men: Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus / Portugal national team