Osaka champion on and off the court
Naomi Osaka led a host of players in the fight for social justice in America with such integrity and purpose. The 23-year-old, was very outspoken and took seven masks to the tournament, each bearing the name of a victim killed as a result of police brutality or racial injustice.
As a player the Japanese youngster was also a force, persisting with a positive demeanour at any scoreline to eventually claim a third Grand Slam (the final against a rejuvenated Victoria Azarenka was a cracker).
Osaka’s actions and activism seemed to empower her tennis.
“I think I just got through it because during quarantine I wanted to set myself up to possibly win this tournament. I felt like I just worked so hard, I wanted to give myself an opportunity. I wanted more people to say more names,” said Osaka, making the sure the conversation continued.