Naomi Osaka has spoken about her experiences of being black and Japanese, as well as her memories of her mentor Kobe Bryant, in an interview with WSJ Magazine published online on Tuesday. The two-time grand slam champion was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father. The family moved to the US when she was a child, but she says she noticed she stood out when she was in Japan, the country she competes for. The year-old recalled an incident when she was a girl, and playing against a Japanese opponent. Her friend asked her who she was playing, so she said Osaka.
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She has been ranked No. At the US Open and the Australian Open , Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments, and is the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in She also became the first woman to win successive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother , Osaka has lived and trained in the United States since age three. Osaka made her breakthrough into the upper echelon of women's tennis in when she won her first WTA title at the Indian Wells Open.
Naomi Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles
Four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father Haitian, climbed a replica Mount Fuji on Friday July 23 to light the cauldron in the ceremony's crowning moment. But many young people of black and Japanese heritage still struggle in an often conservative and largely homogenous society. Looking to draw attention to the bullying and discrimination faced by some biracial Japanese, Ms Omuro applied and was chosen to be a torch-bearer in the nationwide Olympic flame relay before the Games. When coronavirus measures began to force sections of the relay off public roads, Ms Omuro reconsidered taking part, worried about the pandemic.
Naomi Osaka started playing tennis at the age of 3. She grew up in the United States but holds Japanese citizenship and represents Japan on the court her mother is from Japan, her father from Haiti. Osaka boasts a mile per hour serve, was the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title, and became the first Asian tennis player to hold the world's No. When Tamaki's family learned she was involved with a Haitian man they deemed the relationship a disgrace, but Tamaki and Francois went on to marry.