Piers Morgan has launched a fresh attack on Naomi Osaka in a scathing tweet, shared in view of his 7.9 million followers. The TV personality, 56, labelled Osaka a “spoiled brat”, as she lost in three sets to 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez in the third round of the US Open.
Earlier today, Morgan tweeted: “People got very upset when I suggested Naomi Osaka may be a spoiled brat.
“Here she is repeatedly smashing up rackets as she loses in the US Open.
“Then she cried again, and threatened to quit again.
“If a male tennis player behaved like this, we’d call him…. a spoiled brat.”
Some of Piers’ followers appeared to agree with the former Good Morning Britain presenter.
One Twitter user wrote: “She’s clearly more concerned about being a public figure in Vogue magazine than a good tennis player.”
Another person added: “I hate to see ‘adults’ behaving that way, not a good look, her parents must have let her get away with it when she was small and she hasn’t grown out of it.”
A third commenter chimed in: “And note that even the umpire was too scared to give her a warning.”
“Also not a single racket in this video is ‘smashed up’.”
Earlier this year, Osaka sent shockwaves through tennis fans as she announced her French Open withdrawal.
In a statement released on May 31, she cited her mental health as part of the reason behind her departure.
Osaka said: “Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago.