Naomi Osaka has been a powerhouse in the tennis world. She is currently the reigning champion in women’s singles at the Australian Open. She triumphed over Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open and became the first Japanese player to win a grand slam. She has also been ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association.
She has decided to take her successes and fly her home country’s flag at next years Olympics. Osaka currently holds dual citizenship with Japan and the United States. However, Japanese law dictates that when someone turns 22, they have to choose only one country to hold citizenship in.
Osaka has strongly expressed her desire to represent Japan and has decided to take sole Japanese citizenship. Osaka told Japanese broadcaster NHK that “there’s no other place I’d rather play for my first Olympics.”
“I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country,” Osaka told NHK.
Osaka has previously represented Japan on the WTA Tour and in the Fed Cup. To be eligible to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics, the Japan Tennis Association has expressed that Osaka must play for Japan one more time in a International Tennis Federation-run competition.
Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics will begin on July 24, 2020.