Naomi Osaka carries an aura of a Grand Slam champion almost nonchalantly.
It’s not that the Japanese 21-year-old doesn’t grasp or respect the magnitude of stifling Serena Williams’ fire to triumph at Flushing Meadows last September.
It’s more a case of avoiding getting swept up in the hype, happier to play the joker and toy with all the fuss.
Success is not going to her head in a hurry.
Seeded in the top four at a Grand Slam for the first time, Osaka has dozens of media sitting in on her pre-tournament press conference hanging on her every word.
Many are left laughing well into her next quirky dialogue, before she again deviates with a curve ball to have her audience chuckling away once more.
“For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person,” she started, in response to her goals in the off-season. “And I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I'm very, like, three years old mentality, you know?”
Cue the Osaka dialogue deviation.
“To be honest, I had a notebook, so every night before bed I would write jokes so I can present them to you guys,” she said.
Pressed to throw in one of her jokes on queue, she was sharp: “That was a joke, I’m sorry.”