When Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open she became the new women’s world number one, however, the behaviour of a sports commentator during a post-match interview is dominating news of her win.
Channel Nine presenter, Tony Jones is being criticised for his confusing questions and comments directed at the 21-year-old.
Referring to her $4.1 million prize money he said “we would love you to pump that back into the economy,” which raised a few eyebrows.
He continued by saying, “It’s a very big trophy by the way, I’m not sure how you carried it all that way.”
But it was a remark about her expression that is perhaps the most uncomfortable.
“There we go, we saw some teeth. Sam Smith, we are not seeing too much of a smile. I think that she is in shock,” he said as Osaka entered the Nine studio, while interjecting with “there’s the smile!” mid-interview.
While Osaka gracefully replied with a nonchalant, “I’m always smiling,” viewers at home took note of his behaviour and denounced his comments on Twitter:
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 26, 2019
So in a five minute interview, Tony Jones quizzed the World No. 1, two-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka, on:
– How she managed to carry the trophy
– “Regarding herself” as Japanese.
As if Channel Nine’s coverage wasn’t insulting enough… #ausopen
— Lachlan Kilby (@LachieKilby) January 26, 2019