Naomi Osaka chooses Japanese citizenship ahead of 2020 Olympics

Naomi Osaka

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

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported today.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka seems to be dropping the USA like a bad habit and putting all her heart into her home country of Japan.

She is taking the extraordinary step because neither Japan nor the USA will allow dual citizenship for adults. Japanese regulation stipulates Japanese with a couple of nationality should selected one earlier than turning 22 years previous.

Naomi Osaka, the No, 3 ranked female tennis player in the world, has decided she will represent Japan in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and give up her American citizenship. "I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional".

Osaka turned the primary Japanese participant to win a Grand Slam final yr after beating Serena Williams on the US Open.

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Osaka added she wants to goal for the gold though she is also anxious as expectations can be high.

Following her sensational triumph, the Japanese star continued to collect tennis trophies, adding one more Grand Slam to her name by winning the 2019 Australian Open.

"It's definitely going to be very special", Osaka said.

Osaka is now in fine form, winning the Toray Pan Pacific event in September and the China Open this month.

Osaka, who plays under a Japanese flag on the WTA Tour, made her Fed Cup debut for the country in 2017.

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