Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. She has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles pledges to donate any prize money she wins from this week’s Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament for relief efforts in Haiti.
Haiti was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday morning, leaving more than 700 dead.
“It really hurts when I see all the destruction that is going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really could not get a break. I’m going to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money for the relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestor’s blood is strong we will continue to climb, “she wrote on Twitter.
Francois taught Naomi and her sister Mari to play tennis, following a model by Richard Williams, who was successful in teaching his daughters Venus and Serena Williams In second place in the world, Osaka plays in its first tournament since a surprising loss of the third round at the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese-born lighted the Olympic boiler during the opening ceremony.
The winner of this Australian Open, Osaka 2021 season was marked by her decision to withdraw from the French Open before her second-round match and the Wimbledon completely skipped as she cited a need for a mental health break. She pulled out of the National Bank Open in Montreal, which closes on Sunday.
However, Osaka, 23, finished second at the Western and Southern Open last year after retiring from the finals with a knee injury.