A Japanese pool player recently brought the house down with his entertaining post-match interviews in English, despite not being able to speak the language fluently.
Sky Sports presenter Tony Wrighton first interviewed Naoyuki Oi right after he had just defeated Chinese Taipei player Cheng Yu Hsuan 8-6 at the World Pool Master tournament in Gibraltar on Saturday.
The ecstatic player, who had just booked his place in the quarter-finals of the competition, responded in broken English:
“My name is Naoyuki Oi. Today I am very, very lucky. Congratulations me! Yay! English a little. No problem. Only so.”
Completely disregarding Wrighton’s follow-up question, the Japanese pool player went on to respond by doing his rendition of the Apple-Pen song, eliciting laughter and applause from the crowd. Caught off-guard, the interviewer simply responded: “I’ve not ever done an interview quite like this Naoyuki.”
He then asked Oi whether he had a chance to win the tournament. After a long pause, he finally said: “No problem.”
Unfortunately, the eccentric interviewee lost his quarter-final match, disqualifying him from the tournament. He went on to give his final interview, and it did not disappoint.
Asked how he was feeling, the Japanese pool player responded with: “Excuse me. Can I speak English?
“You? Me? No English. No problem. Every time. Happy!
“Oh my god. Thank you. Go home. I go home!”