Osaka set to represent Japan at Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Superstar tennis player Naomi Osaka said Thursday she intends to represent Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo next year.

Osaka, whose parents are from Japan and Haiti, is now a dual citizen of Japan and the United States, where she grew up.

Japanese law states those with dual citizenship must select one before turning 22.

Born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti, the 21-year-old now holds dual nationality with both Japan and the United States, having grown up in NY.

Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, told NHK she has completed an administrative step to obtain Japanese citizenship ahead of her birthday next week.

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

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"It's definitely going to be very special".

Naomi Osaka will play tennis for Japan instead of the us during the 2020 Olympics. Osaka is already the face of several leading Japanese brands, and although Japan has widely embraced her, she still faces some backlash. "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me".

Osaka added she wants to aim for the gold although she is also anxious as expectations will be high.

"I'm kind of looking forward to everything like the opening ceremony. It's also a very big honor to even be participating", she said.

She grew up in the United States and won her first grand slam at the US Open last year, before making it two at this year's Australian Open.

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