Naomi Osaka Drops US Citizenship to Compete for Japan in 2020 Olympics

Tanya Simon
October 12, 2019

Barely a year after her chaotic, emotional debut on the world stage - a victory over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final - tennis star Naomi Osaka has declared that she will abandon her American citizenship and compete for Japan at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka seems to be dropping the USA like a bad habit and putting all her heart into her home country of Japan. Osaka was born in Japan and raised in the United States. On October 16 she'll be 22, the age at which Japanese law obliges dual-nationality citizens to choose one.

Osaka shared exclusively with Olympic Channel that playing at Tokyo 2020 would mean a lot to her as it will be her maiden Olympic experience.

Osaka, who will be 22 next week, has reportedly completed all the necessary preparations to maintain her Japanese citizenship.

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Tennis huge title Naomi Osaka has chose to buy Eastern over American nationality with an detect on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday. "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me".

Osaka won the China Open Sunday and is now ranked No. 3 in the world, playing for Japan both in the Fed Cup and on the WTA Tour.

In July, in an interview with the International Tennis Federation, she said: "Winning gold in Tokyo is something that I have dreamed about".

The victor of two Grand Slam events, the 2018 U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open, Osaka was ranked No. 1 from January 28 to June 17 and again from August 12 to August 26.

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