Naomi Osaka Story

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Naomi Osaka Story

Andrew Sharkey

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Naomi Osaka, the 2018 U.S. open champion and the worlds third ranked tennis player will give up her U.S. citizenship to represent japan in the summer Olympics next year in Tokyo .Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father is Haitian, was born in Japan but moved with her family to New York when she was 3.   Under Japan’s Nationality Act, those who hold dual citizenship must choose one before their 22nd birthday. Osaka turns 22 on Wednesday. She told Japanese broadcaster NHK it was a “special desire” to represent her birth country at an Olympics in Japan.    “It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan,” she told NHK. “I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional.    ” Osaka beat Ash Bartee, the Australian top-ranked player in the world, in the final of the China Open in Beijing, a victory that, along with her win in the Pan Pacific Open in Japan, helped her climb back to No. 3 in the rankings. Naomi Osaka, the 2018 U.S. open champion and the worlds third ranked tennis player will give up her U.S. citizenship to represent japan in the summer Olympics next year in Tokyo .

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