Naomi Osaka to represent Japan at 2020 Olympics, give up American citizenship

Ross Houston
October 12, 2019

"It gives me a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan", the two-time Grand Slam champion informed the broadcaster in an interview in Tokyo.

According to the Olympic Channel, Osaka will be eligible for Japan's Olympic team if she plays for Japan in one more International Tennis Federation national team competition.

Osaka was born in Japan to Japanese and Haitian parents before the family moved to NY when she was three.


Osaka added she desires to objective for the gold though she can be nervous as expectations will likely be excessive. Her move to drop U.S. citizenship is with a view to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for Japan, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Osaka, whose parents are from Japan and Haiti, is now a dual citizen of Japan and the United States, where she grew up. The family moved to the United States to live with her paternal grandparents in NY when she was 3. "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me". Osaka is already the face of several leading Japanese brands, and although Japan has widely embraced her, she still faces some backlash.

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, kisses the trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the U.S., in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NY on September 8, 2018.


Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics will begin July 24, 2020.

Since then, she notched a second Grand Slam title after defeating Petra Kvitova in the 2019 Australian Open, which she called one of the "happiest moments" of her life.

"Everyone who competes at the Olympics wants to be an Olympic champion, so that would be my aim".


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