Naomi Osaka is everything that’s right about sports


On Tuesday night on the temporary set of ESPN set by the fountain at the American Tennis Center, Naomi Osaka became glass-eyed. An hour after walking out of court after a quarter of the air over Shelby Rogers, after which Osaka wore a mask honoring George Floyd.

He has worn a mask before and after each open match to honor the victim of social injustice. ESPN showed a video of Trywon Martin’s mother and Ahmed Arberry’s father, each thanking them for their support.

Osaka pauses and falls silent. If anyone is confused as to why leading athletes are taking this social justice, why was it.

Osaka said, “I think I’m a vessel at this point to spread awareness.” “It’s not going to ease the pain, but hopefully I can help with anything they need.”

Osaka, who will play in the US Open semi-final Thursday night against Jane Brady, is all good about the game. “N ‘” in Naomi must stand for good – on the court and off.

Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father is Haitian, is called Quirky, but has acted in Flushing as if she turned 32 at the age of 22 – beyond her years.

You can see that one of his wrong balls forces him to do a service again to apologize to the opponents. She always appreciates the big shot of a player who has a clap of her racket.

On these grounds, Osaka consoled a Ro Koko Goff after routing in his final year in the third round.

“He’s authentic,” a WTA insider said. “There is nothing fake about him.”

When asked about her admission, she said, “Whenever I do bad my immediate reaction is sad for everyone because they travel with me and stuff.”

Osaka and Serena Williams are on a collision course for the Open Finals in a rematch of their historic-all-wrong-causes 2018 Finals battle.

It is a beautiful contrast of styles. Williams is the best female player of all time due to a pioneer, a legend, an avid will and a lethal service. But you wouldn’t call him “good”. “She is very sharp and wants to win so badly, sometimes she is not the best game.” She screams after winning the points, after losing the points and apparently her controversial umpire erupted at the Open. He is not such a disservice to Jimmy Connors, and that’s why he has so many Deadhard fans.

The 2018 Open Finals event may have been at the helm with Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos, and it is actually Serena turning 38 years old into a Gentler Spirit. Cradling Osaka does just that.

The game will need to make Osaka its face soon as Williams, who turns 39 this month, is not going to compete forever.

Osaka, who was set to stop his semifinal match at the Western and Southern Open two weeks ago, backed the Milwaukee Bucks, as he pushed for justice in Kenosha, Australia. During the shooting of Jacob Blake on Tuesday, he was asked what kind of world he is. I’d love to see us inside.

“What world?” Osaka said. “Everyone says ‘peace’ all the time. I’m not sure what the world would look like if everything was peaceful, but I hope people help each other in times of great need.”

Osaka had a complex, polite upbringing and saw prejudice in his native Japan. When his mother was married to a Haitian man, he turned to her. To make it easy for Naomi, she named her mother’s Japanese.

Osaka said, “The biggest thing is that I don’t want people younger than me to suffer the things I have to deal with.” “If any young player approaches me and has questions, I will definitely answer them. I will try to help them because I know how hard it is to be in that situation. ”

Osaka moved to Long Island with her family when she was 3.. Then in Florida 9. Under Japan’s Nationality Act, someone with dual citizenship must choose one or the other before the age of 22. Osaka chose Japan and would represent the 2021 Olympics. Countries of the rising sun.

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