Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2019

She told Japanese public broadcaster NHK that it gives her "a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan".

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.

Osaka was born in Japan to Japanese and Haitian parents before the family moved to NY when she was three. She added, "I think that it will be one of the most memorable things that will ever happen to me". Under Japanese law she needs to decide on one before turning 22 on Wednesday.

Osaka added she wants to aim for the gold although she is also anxious as expectations will be high.

The younger tennis sensation is a family title in Japan, the place her each transfer is adopted feverishly by native media, significantly when she is within the nation of her mom's delivery.

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She is now ranked No. 3 in the world.

But she has faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that is fairly racially homogeneous, as well as scrutiny for her imperfect Japanese language skills - though others insist they add to her charm.

Mixed-urge children can typically face prejudice in Japan, though attitudes amongst youthful generations are altering.

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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