‘I just want to say thank you’: Heckler leaves Naomi Osaka in tears at Indian Wells - WATCH

Naomi Osaka said the gesture reminded her of an incident involving Venus and Serena Williams, who were booed at the tournament in 2001.

Naomi Osaka made an emotional exit from the ongoing Indian Wells Masters after the 24-year-old was heckled by a fan during her second round match against Veronika Kudermetova.

The former US Open Champion has been open about her struggles with mental wellness in the past. She also took a break from the sport after her shock defeat in the previous edition of the US Open.

The former world no 1 seemed rattled with the unruly behaviour and she eventually fell 6-0, 6-4 before reflecting her thoughts on the subject.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was brought to tears by a heckler Saturday on the way to a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Veronika Kudermetova in the Indian Wells WTA hardcourt tournament.

Japan's Osaka, ranked 78th in the world after her third-round exit at the Australian Open, was rocked early in the first set when someone in the crowd yelled "Naomi, you suck."

The incident took place early during the clash as a fan shouted: "Naomi, you suck", following which Osaka was later seen wiping away her tears.

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