Naomi Osaka returned to the highlight for the primary time since withdrawing from the French Open in Might and skipping Wimbledon, posing on the purple carpet at The ESPYS on Saturday night time.
The world’s highest-paid feminine athlete confronted a slew of photographers in New York, with one being heard urging her, “Good smile” as cameras clicked furiously. Osaka supplied a faint closed-mouth smile in response.
Osaka gained as one of the best athlete in ladies’s sports activities on the annual present honoring the yr’s prime athletes and sports activities moments. It was moved to New York from Los Angeles this yr due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Osaka, who has gained 4 Grand Slam titles, pulled out of the French Open earlier than the second spherical, saying she has “enormous waves of tension” earlier than talking to the media and that she has “suffered lengthy bouts of despair.” She additionally sat out Wimbledon. She’ll her return for the Tokyo Olympics, representing her native Japan.
Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball gained as greatest breakthrough athlete. The most effective sport award was Gonzaga’s 93-90 win over UCLA within the semifinals of the lads’s NCAA Match. DeVonta Smith, who gained the Heisman Trophy at Alabama and now performs for the Philadelphia Eagles, gained as greatest males’s faculty athlete.
Actor Anthony Mackie hosted the present from The Rooftop at Pier 17 on the Seaport. He singled out Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde throughout his monologue. The 14-year-old from Louisiana is a basketball prodigy.
“This child can do something,” Mackie stated. “She will hit a stepback like Luka Donic after which spell Luka Donic proper the primary time.”
WNBA participant Maya Moore was to obtain the Arthur Ashe Braveness Award. Chris Nikic was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Final yr, he grew to become the primary particular person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon.
“I do not do excuses,” Nikic stated. “I do not give up.”
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