American tennis player Jordan Thompson makes girlfriend Naomi Osaka (now) his fiancée

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If the point of the All-Star Weekend is to entertain viewers while honoring the great players, Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka should be part of the mix.

Not only did she win a U.S. Open warm-up event Saturday night, this 18-year-old already has a boyfriend, American tennis star Jordan Thompson, and a matching tattoo — of her name and his initials — that runs from her shoulder to her elbow.

That, however, wasn’t the surprise.

The tattoo was on display just days after Osaka, playing in her first Grand Slam event as a major semifinalist, won a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 5-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the New Haven semifinals.

“It’s been a pretty cool experience for me. Definitely the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of,” she said Friday night after the U.S. Open tuneup. “Just to look back on that after, to realize that it was the first match that I played in the U.S. Open, it’s definitely going to be a memory that I can cherish.”

She would even consider giving one of those “JJ” tattooed thumbprints to Thompson, as the two reportedly intend to get engaged.

“We joke about it,” Osaka said, smiling. “We’re kind of like, ‘Yeah, sure, next time we make each other’s dreams come true.’”

She admitted to having reservations about doing something like that, and didn’t want to show up Thompson, in either obvious way. But for this run to the French Open semifinals in late May, when she earned her first career win over Pliskova and reached the fourth round in Roland Garros for the first time, Osaka said she found herself thinking — just maybe — about the woman who’s already done it to her: Serena Williams.

And when she was reminded that a future husband, Thompson, is the player that Williams gave her the nickname “Agent 38” for, Osaka laughed.

“Well, a fan said that,” she said. “But I’m sure he calls me, like, The Princess (laughs).”

Osaka was born in Japan to two American parents, won her first ITF junior title at 17 and made her major debut in 2014.

She’s long been tipped for a big future.

“I just want to go out there and be good, and whatever happens, happens,” she said. “I don’t really care about everything else. Just go out there and play and have fun.”

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