News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Aug. 24, 2020: Japanese-born, Caribbean roots tennis star Naomi Osaka took a stand for Jacob Blake Thursday by dropping out of the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in New York in protest.
Osaka, the two-time Grand Slam champion, ranked at No. 10 in the world, posted on Twitter: “”Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis. I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport, I consider that a step in the right direction.”
Several hours later, the tournament, a warmup to next week’s U.S. Open, announced it would pause play until today.
Osaka, 22, was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother. She was due to face No.