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Naomi Osaka got caught on camera giving in to her superstitions at the Australian Open

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 2022-01-19

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Naomi Osaka competes at the Australian Open.
  • Naomi Osaka got caught repeating her steps over the "Melbourne" symbol at the Australian Open.
  • The four-time Grand Slam champion admitted she was superstitious about stepping on lines and logos.
  • "Most athletes have very strong superstitions," she said while discussing the quirk in her presser.

Naomi Osaka is cruising through the Australian Open — and she's not going to let any missteps derail her path to the title.

The 24-year-old was caught on camera hopping around and repeating her strides during her first-round match. The bizarre movements were an attempt to avoid stepping on the Melbourne logo plastered on the court at Rod Laver Arena.

Here's the clip:

During the press conference following her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Colombia's Camila Osorio on Sunday, Osaka admitted with a sheepish grin that the quirky behavior was rooted in superstition.

"Honestly, I've always been like that," Osaka said during her press conference. "Every time I come here, I really don't like stepping on the lines or the Melbourne logo in the back. I'm not really sure why that developed."

"But I would say that most athletes have very strong superstitions," she added.

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Osaka at the Australian Open.

But it's not just the lines and the logo that occupy Osaka's headspace. She's also concerned that her hydration station is in order at all times.

"For me, it's definitely the lines and the logo, but also, I need my water bottles to be completely straight," Osaka said. "I'm not sure why that is."

Check out her full comments on the superstitious behavior below:

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