May 19, 2021

Naomi Osaka: I don’t think about racial issues, only about tennis

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka spoke about her attitude to race issues.

“I want people to understand: you don’t need to look Japanese or even speak Japanese to be Japanese. If I have Japanese blood in my veins, how can I … I don’t know. How can I determine my nationality? Successes people start discussing my nationality or ethnicity, as if this is the most important thing in me. Probably, this is partly true because this is the most noticeable. And people start saying that I am American, because I live in America, that I am a Haitian, because my father is from Haiti that I am Japanese, because my mother is Japanese I don’t know. It would be better if they focused on tennis, “the Tour press service quotes Osaka.

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