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.
“I only want to be the type of person he thought I was going to be. He thought I was going to be great, so hopefully I will be great in the future.”@naomiosaka Kobe Bryant’s faith in his pic.twitter.com/g0T9DwY9Ve
– US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 13, 2020
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.
Naomi Osaka brought seven face masks to the US Open.
Each mask highlights a distinct black victim of racial injustice and police brutality.
– Bryo Taylor
– Eliza McClain
– Ahmed Ambari
– Trayvon Martin
– George Floyd
– Philando Castile
Today: Tamir Rice
– Undeclared (@ TheUndefeated) September 12, 2020
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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