Naomi Osaka looked like the champion she is at the 2021 Espy Awards on Sunday.
The tennis star was photographed leaving her hotel, en route to the ceremony, wearing a bold look from Louis Vuitton. Her ensemble included a black and white striped tunic that was equipped with a rope design at the shoulders. Osaka was named a Louis Vuitton ambassador in January.
Osaka paired regal top with a forest green leather skirt that featured paneled fabric at the front. The Nike-sponsored athlete accessorized with diamond earrings and styled her hair in a sleek ponytail that was finalized with coordinating green jewels on her baby hairs.
As for footwear, Osaka went the classic route choosing to wear black pumps. Her suede pair featured a pointed toe and sat atop a stiletto heel.
Osaka’s appearance at the Espy Awards marked her first public appearance since she withdrew from the french Open and Wimbledon.
It was a big night for the young star as she won Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player.
For her Best Female Athlete win, Osaka said: “I just really want to not say a long speech because I’m a bit nervous … I know this year has been really, it hasn’t even finished, but it’s been really tough for a lot of us. For me, I just want to say, I really love you guys and this is 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 and yeah, thank you so much and I really appreciate it.”
In May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open, expressing that she made her decision with her mental health in mind.
“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” Osaka wrote on Instagram. “Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.”
“I’m gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans,” concluded Osaka.
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