Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Osaka to pick Japan nationality for Olympics

Osaka to pick Japan nationality for Olympics

"It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan", she told NHK.

She was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother who moved to the USA where the future sports star was raised and began to play tennis.

She turns 22 on Wednesday, the age at which Japanese law obliges dual-nationality citizens to choose one.

The 21-year-old tennis sensation was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but moved to NY when she was three.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has determined to decide on Japanese over American nationality with a watch on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

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Osaka shared exclusively with Olympic Channel that playing at Tokyo 2020 would mean a lot to her as it will be her maiden Olympic experience. The family moved to the United States to live with her paternal grandparents in NY when she was 3.

Osaka notched a historic U.S. Open win against Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, which made her the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam title.

She also solidified her position with her victory in the Australian Open in January, and she most recently defeated world No.1 Ash Barty in the final of the China Open in Beijing last Sunday.

Osaka made her claim to fame in the US Open final previous year when she beat Serena Williams, causing a major upset as she won the Grand Slam title.

In July, in an interview with the International Tennis Federation, she said: "Winning gold in Tokyo is something that I have dreamed about".

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