On August 14, Naomi Osaka revealed she will be donating her earnings from the Western and Southern Open to Haiti’s earthquake relief fund. Since then, many have been wondering if the tennis star is of Haitian ethnicity.
The young tennis sensation has always been vocal about her stance, and it did not take her long to express her support for Haiti.
The four-time grand slam champion is set to compete in the Western and Southern Open next week. As per ABC, the winner of the tournament is expected to get $4.8 million. However, that number might change depending on the number of tickets sold.
Is Naomi Osaka Haitian?
Yes, Naomi is Haitian. In her Netflix documentary named Naomi Osaka, the young star opened up about her background.
Naomi’s mother is Japanese and her father is a Haitian. As per The Conversation, the tennis player was born in Japan but moved to the United States when she was just three years old.
Up until Naomi was 22, she enjoyed dual citizenship. However, as per the Japanese Nationality Law, an individual with two nationalities has to renounce one of them.
Fortunately, it was an easy decision for Naomi as she had always known what to choose. She said: “I’ve been playing under the Japanese flag since I was 14. It was never even a secret that I was gonna play for Japan for the Olympics.”
Tennis player to donate the prize money
Naomi confirmed she would be donating her prize money to Haiti after the country experienced a tragic earthquake.
She announced on Twitter: “Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising.”
A look at what happened in Haiti
As per Los Angeles Times, on Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti and at least 304 people were killed as a result. Meanwhile, at least 1,800 were reported to be injured.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a one-month state of emergency and revealed he would be asking for international help once they figured out the extent of the damage.
He said: “The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble. We have learned that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded, fractured people.”