Butterfly effect: Naomi Osaka applies gentle touch to insect intruder during Australian Open match (VIDEO)
The episode occurred in the second set of Osaka’s clash against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur when an unexpected guest interrupted her serve.
A large butterfly landed on Osaka’s leg while the player was getting ready to send the ball to the opposite side of the court.
The 2019 Australian Open winner gently carried the insect outside of the court, but the butterfly refused to leave the Japanese star, returning to Osaka and landing on her nose before finally fluttering away.
The episode didn’t go unnoticed by tennis lovers who shared the video of the unusual episode on social media, praising the star for her kind approach towards the tiny court intruder.
Some even suggested the encounter was perfect fodder for sponsors Nike to use in an “inspirational” ad campaign.
Naomi Osaka carefully rescues a butterfly on court and I can see the commercial being produced in some Nike exec's mind this very moment— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) February 12, 2021
The unexpected meeting with the curious insect didn’t affect Osaka as she eased passed Jabeur, winning the match 6-3 6-2.
In the next round of action the Japanese champion will face off against Spanish 14th seed Garbine Murguruza.