Naomi Osaka: Private, career, achievements

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Naomi Osaka is considered one of the best tennis players in the world. © IMAGO / Rob Prange

Tennis player Naomi Osaka has already topped the world rankings for 25 weeks. Over the course of her career, she has won seven titles so far.

Osaka – Tennis player Naomi Ōsaka was born on October 16, 1997 in Osaka, a city of over one million inhabitants and traditionally the commercial center of Japan. She was already at the top of the world rankings in women’s singles. At the 2021 Summer Olympics, she was the last torchbearer to light the Olympic flame.

Tennis player Naomi Osaka private: origin and family

Naomi Osaka grew up in Long Island, New York State. She later moved to Florida because the training facilities were better there. Her father Leonard “San” François is from the Caribbean state of Haiti, her mother is of Japanese origin. Her father denied her because he could not marry a black man, and the family moved to the United States when Naomi Osaka was three years old. In 2019, she gave up her US citizenship as Japanese law requires her to have citizenship before the age of 22. This allowed the tennis player to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

Naomi Osaka’s big sister Mari is also a professional tennis player. The Japanese woman also counts her boyfriend, the young rapper Cordea, as part of her family. The two met in 2019.

Tennis player Naomi Osaka: Commitment

The tennis player is politically and socially involved. She strongly criticizes racism in the United States and Japan and called for participation in the “Black Lives Matter” protests. In August 2020, she boycotted her semifinal match at the Western & Southern Open in New York City in response to police violence against people of color. The tournament management then canceled all scheduled matches for the day. At the ensuing US Open, Naomi Ōsaka wore a COVID-19-mandated face mask with the name of a victim of police brutality to every match.

Naomi Osaka: The tennis player’s career

First, Naomi Osaka played mainly on the ITF Women’s Circuit. In 2014, she made her debut in the main draw in a WTA tournament. In 2016, the tennis player qualified for a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open for the first time. In March 2017, she won her first WTA title at the Indian Wells Tournament. As a result, she climbed from 44th to 22nd place in the world rankings.

In 2018, she won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open and became the first Japanese woman in tennis history to do so. In the final, she defeated Serena Williams, crawling into the top ten. Immediately after, she won her second Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open and reached the top of the world rankings. She has also played for the Japanese Fed Cup team since 2017 and has won five of her six matches.

Tennis player Naomi Osaka: Career from 2020

At the US Open 2020, Naomi Osaka won the final against Victoria Asaranka. In early 2021, she again won the Australian Open, giving the tennis player her fourth Grand Slam title. When she was threatened with exclusion from the tournament at the French Open 2021, she withdrew voluntarily.

The reason for the threat was her announcement that due to her mental health condition she would not attend the mandatory press conference at the tournament and would otherwise not be available to the press. She also canceled Wimbledon. She lit the Olympic flame at the Summer Olympics. In the competitions, she was eliminated in the round of 16.

Tennis player Naomi Osaka: An overview of successes

Naomi Osaka is currently ranked 36th in the world (as of May 2022). She stayed on top for 25 weeks. By the age of 24, she had already won seven career titles. These are distributed as follows:

  • Australian Open 2019/2021
  • Chinese Open 2019
  • Toray Pan Pacific Open 2019
  • BNP Paribas Open 2018
  • US Open 2018/2020

In early May 2021, the tennis player received the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year.

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