Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka found herself in a randomly tender and beautiful moment on Friday when her match was interrupted by a butterfly. The unexpected guest arrived during the second set of the third-round contest in the Australian Open, prompting a fan to yell for the athlete’s attention, Insider reported.
“Naomi, there’s a butterfly on your leg!” the fan said.
But the tennis icon didn’t swat away the creature. Instead, she reached down and gently placed the butterfly onto her left hand. Osaka then carried the insect to the outer edge of the court and tried to lay it safely on a towel. But the butterfly flew up into the air and landed on the athlete’s nose. Still, the three-time Grand Slam champion remained gentle and carried the butterfly to the sidelines.
— wta (@WTA) February 12, 2021