Naomi Osaka and Megyn Kelly had a Twitter volley worthy of a grand slam final on Monday — after the journalist called out the tennis pro for appearing on magazine covers like the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue despite saying she was taking a break from the spotlight.
The tiff started when the journalist jumped on criticism of Osaka gracing the front of mags after refusing to speak to media at the French Open and bowing out of the tournament in May, citing bouts with depression and social anxiety.
The former NBC News host responded to a tweet from conservative commentator Clay Travis that read: “Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue.”
Kelly, also an ex-Fox News anchor, shared the tweet and added, “Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag!”
The snipe caught the attention of Osaka, who replied by taking her own swipe at Kelly, saying that she shot the SI cover and others last year — before she decided to skip the annual clay-court tournament in Paris.
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