Naomi Osaka: People Telling Me to Stick to Sports Inspired US Open Title Run

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2020

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds up the championship trophy while posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Naomi Osaka has a message for the haters: Telling her to "stick to sports" or sending her other messages like that only inspires her to be better. 

The 2020 U.S. Open winner tweeted the following Tuesday:

NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ @naomiosaka

All the people that were telling me to “keep politics out of sports”, (which it wasn’t political at all), really inspired me to win. You better believe I’m gonna try to be on your tv for as long as possible.

During her run to the Grand Slam title, Osaka wore masks honoring several Black victims of police violence and systemic racism, including Tamir Rice and Philando Castile, among others:

NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ @naomiosaka


NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ @naomiosaka


NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ @naomiosaka

I often wonder if what I’m doing is resonating and reaching as many people as I hope. That being said, I tried to hold it in on set but after watching these back I cried so much. The strength and the character both of these parents have is beyond me. Love you both, thank you ❤️ https://t.co/FSDLtWNJDr

Osaka will be a force on the WTA for a long time. The 22-year-old is one of tennis' brightest stars, with three Grand Slam titles (she also won the 2019 Australian Open and 2018 U.S. Open) and a spell atop the women's rankings in 2019. 

She is one of a number of athletes using their voices to bring awareness to social issues such as racial discrimination and police brutality, and she's doing so while winning on the court. So the haters better grow accustomed to hearing what she has to say, because she isn't going away. 


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