10 questions about Naomi Osaka – Former US citizen, #BlackLivesMatter, YBN Cordae
- 05 Feb 2020
When was Naomi Osaka born?
Naomi Osaka was born on October 16, 1997 in Osaka, Japan. She has been living in the United States since the age of three.
What did Osaka achieve at the 2020 US Open?
Osaka won her third Grand Slam title at the age of 22 at the 2020 US Open. The Japanese star was down by a set in the final but rallied past Victoria Azarenka to become the first woman to rally from a set down in a US Open final since 1994. Osaka was also a leader in the social justice movement during the tournament. She wore a different mask before each match to pay tribute to a young black person that had lost his or her life to police violence. Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in the final 1-6 6-3 6-3.
What is Osaka’s nationality?
Osaka is a Japanese player. She was also a US citizen until the age of 22, in October 2019. She gave it up in accordance with Japanese law, which states that a Japanese person with more than one nationality must choose one before turning 22. In 2019, Osaka became the first Japanese player in history to become world number one.
What is her height?
Osaka is 5’11’’ (180cm) tall, according to her profile on the official WTA website. Her weight is not mentioned.
Who are her parents?
Osaka’s parents are Tamari Osaka, who is from Japan, and Leonard François, who is from Haïti. They met in Japan in the 1990s. They moved to the United States, to New York in 2000 and then to Florida in 2006. Osaka has an older sister, Mari Osaka, born on April 3, 1996 in Osaka, Japan. She was world number 280, her best ranking, in May 2018. The two players have never yet met on the professional circuit.
Who is Osaka’s coach?
Osaka’s current coach is Wim Fissette, a former Belgian tennis player. Fissette has coached Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep in the past. They started their collaboration in December 2019. Before that, Osaka had been coached by Sascha Bajin and then by Jermaine Jenkins.
Who is Osaka’s boyfriend?
Osaka has been in a relationship since the beginning of 2019 with the American rapper YBN Cordae, born on August 26, 1997. They met at a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game.
When did she start her career?
Osaka began her professional career in 2012 at the age of 14. The Japanese player won her first match on the WTA main tour in Stanford in 2014. Then she was ranked 406th in the world and defeated Samantha Stosur, then ranked 18th, before falling in the second round against Andrea Petkovic. Osaka won her first WTA title in Indian Wells in 2018. Her idol growing up was Serena Williams.
What does Osaka think about the #BlackLivesMatter movement?
While the situation is very tense in the United States due to acts of violence perpetrated by the police against black Americans, Naomi Osaka has never made a secret of her commitment to the movement #BlackLivesMatter. On August 26, 2020, the 22-year-old went a step further by announcing her retirement from the Cincinnati tournament, just hours after qualifying for the semi-finals – a strong decision that forced the organizers to postpone all the matches that were scheduled for the following day.
Does Osaka have an Instagram account?
Osaka has an Instagram account, which is followed by 1.2 million people, as of August 2020. She is very active, posting pictures of herself, mostly off court. The Japanese also has a Twitter account (@naomiosaka) followed by 554,200 people. Her official Facebook page is liked by 171,000 people.
What is her net worth?
Osaka is the second highest paid sportswoman in 2019, behind Serena Williams. The Japanese athlete won 24.3 million dollars (sponsors + prize money).
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