Naomi Osaka has been talking about how proud she is of her Japanese heritage and how much it means for her to represent her country at the Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to take place in 2020 but had to be postponed due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic affecting travel across the globe.
Delayed for one year, the Olympics will now take place 23 July to 8 August 2021, and tennis is expected to be one of the most highly contested events with many players amongst the ATP and WTA confirming it as a main target.
Osaka, whose mother is Japanese, and father is from Haiti, has spent most of her life in the US, but is one of the main poster athletes of the event due to her Japanese roots.
And the current world number two has been talking about how her Japanese upbringing has impacted her life and how proud she will be to represent her country.
“I give credit equally to all those cultures for shaping me into the person I am today”, Osaka said.
“I credit my Japanese side for my discipline, good manners, cleanliness and sense of style.
“My mom’s work ethic, working two jobs a day to support my tennis, has rubbed off on me too.
“My American side has allowed me to be more open-minded and progressive. And my Haitian side has given me the courage to push through when things get tough.
“Japan is such an important part of my life and my makeup. I am proud of who I am and no one will be prouder than me when I compete for Japan in the Olympics later this year.”
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