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'Naomi Osaka has strength and authority - and all of my respect,' says rising ATP star

Naomi Osaka at US Open

Naomi Osaka has been described as an inspiration by rising ATP star Lorenzo Musetti for her political stance at the US Open.

Osaka wore a facemask bearing the name of a different victim of racial inequality for every round of the tournament, which she won.

It was part of a deliberately strong stance by the Japanese star, and 18-year-old Musetti was moved greatly by it.

“Aside from the fact that she was great at winning the US Open, I’m happy because she went all the way with her bold message,” Musetti told Esquire Italia.

“She had the strength and authority to show everyone that sport can also be activism and today talking about racism is a necessity.

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"I think those masks with the names of the victims were of great impact and all my respect goes to her.”

“I believe that us young people are largely undervalued in this sense.

"My generation is mostly inclusive, ready to welcome diversity and not to conflict.

"Racism most of us have already dismissed it as something absurd."

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