Naomi Osaka secured her second career US Open title earlier in September when she defeated Victora Azarenka in three sets. Before and after each victory on her way to winning the tournament, Osaka wore a mask that honored a different victim of racial inequality or police brutality. She showed off seven in masks altogether.
As Osaka explained on Twitter on Tuesday, not everyone appreciated the statements she made with the facemasks. Alternatively, all of those critics just motivated her to win america Open even more.
“The entire people that were telling me to ‘retain politics out of sports’, (which it wasn’t political at all), actually inspired me to win,” Osaka tweeted. “You better imagine I’m gonna you ought to be on your tv for so long as imaginable.”
Osaka’s masks featured the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Elijah McClain, and Ahmaud Arbery. She had packed all seven of those masks and, because she didn’t lose a unmarried match in New York, had the possibility to wear all of them.
In her tweet, Osaka famous that she believes none of this can be a political issue. In June following the death of Floyd, the tennis star had a similar commentary when referring to his death as a “human rights issue” fairly than a political one.
“I hate when random people say athletes shouldn’t get involved with politics and just entertain,” Osaka tweeted in June. “Firstly, this can be a human rights issue. Secondly, what offers you more correct to speak than me? By that logic whether you work at IKEA you are only allowed to discuss the “GRÖNLID.”