Naomi Osaka says she got strength by wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey


Naomi Osaka added a third Grand Slam to the trophy case this weekend with a return to Victoria Azarenka at the US Open Championship.

Later, the 22-year-old took to Instagram to share the honor with the late Kobe Bryant.

Osaka credits Kobe Bryant for strength

The photo is of Osaka holding the trophy wearing a black No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers jersey at the vacant Arthur Ash Stadium at the US Billy Jean King National Tennis Center.

He captioned it: “I wore this jersey every day after my matches. I really feel that it has given me strength. “It is signed” Always “with yellow and purple heart emoji.

Osaka drew the first set 1-6 on Saturday, but bounced back and won the next two sets by 6-3 scores. It was his second US Open title.

She Worn jersey at post-match press conference And talked about the confidence of the five-time NBA champion.

Osaka uses US open platform to highlight police brutality

Osaka used his platform to highlight victims of police brutality by wearing his name on his face mask in front of matches. He used seven – one for each round of the tournament and one each for the final.

She wore a mask with Tamir Rice’s name on Saturday.

Osak asks ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi what the message of victory is She wanted to send with a mask And he answered with his question.

“Okay, what message did you get?” This question is more, ”Osaka said. “I think the thing is for people to start talking.”

He was thanked by parents of Trywon Martin and Ahmed Erbe in a video shown after Osaka reached the semi-finals last week.

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