Japan’s professional tennis player, Naomi Osaka has revealed her decision to spread awareness about racial injustice.
This is coming after the former U.S. Open Champion, walked into the court for her first-round match against Misaki Doi, on Monday, with a mask bearing the name of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was killed by police officers who burst into her apartment in March. She said;
“For me, I just want to spread awareness,” the fourth seed told reporters on a video conference. “I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story.
“Maybe they’ll like Google it or something. I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.”
“I just feel like we’re heading towards a great direction, and there’s a lot of players that are supporting it,”
“I think there are lot of voices that are contributing towards a lot of things, so it’s definitely very nice to see.” While Osaka missed the crowd’s energy during tough moments on court, she said the empty stands helped her concentrate as her mind can wander sometimes.
“Like sometimes I will see a person with a cool outfit or something, they’re doing something, and I get distracted.”
Osaka has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles both at the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels.