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The Amazing Life of Naomi Osaka

By LAXMI NEGI
November 24, 2020 12:39 IST
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IMAGE: Naomi Osaka in a frilly white bikini and sheer cardigan. Photograph: Kind courtesy Naomi Osaka/Instagram
 

Tennis star Naomi Osaka is a global sports icon.

At 23 she is the highest earning female athlete.

The world No 3, who has a Japanese mother and Haitian father, is a three-time Grand Slam champion.

She was born in Osaka, Japan. The family moved to Long Island, New York, when Naomi was three.

Naomi has an older sister, Mari, who plays professional tennis. Her dad Leonard Francois began training both his girls young. In 2006, the family moved to Florida so Naomi and Mari could focus full time on tennis.

In the last few months, Naomi decided to stop being shy, say what she is thinking and use her voice to speak up for social justice.

Naomi, who won her third Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in September, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different Black American before each of her seven matches in the US Open.

During her US Open campaign, she repeatedly wore Kobe Bryant's Lakers jersey as a testimony of strength for herself. Later, she wore the jersey along with the winner's trophy.

The soft spoken Osaka, who met Bryant in June 2019, said the basketball great had been a keen supporter, even when she didn't expect him to be following her career closely.

After winning the US Open for the second time in three years she fortified herself as one of the world's pre-eminent women's tennis players.

She has emerged as one of the most measured, and perhaps most unanticipated, voices to address racial injustice in America.

Osaka's off-court personality, as a low-key young woman who loved gaming, endeared her to tennis fans.

Take a look at her life:

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: The fast and furious.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: Naomi Osaka first shot to global fame after beating an ill-tempered Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: Naomi was born in Osaka on October 16, 1997.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: One of her fans wrote, 'In recent times, nobody has done as much to raise Haiti's profile as Naomi Osaka'.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: Naomi with elder sister Mari.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: The three-time Grand Slam champion is a huge fan of Kobe Bryant, who sadly died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: She's witty and she knowns it. 'This picture is 75% hair and 25% bad lighting,' she posted.

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: Naomi in Kyoto, Japan. Interestingly, her parents decided that their daughters would represent Japan -- and not the US where she has lived since she was 3 -- in global tennis tournaments.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: Naomi with her rapper boyfriend Cordae.

 

Naomi Osaka

IMAGE: Naomi with her parents Tamaki Osaka and Leonard François.

 

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