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Osaka’s pre-game masks at U.S. Open honor victims of racial injustice

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Former champ Naomi Osaka intends to put on a mask birthing the name of a various African American sufferer of authorities physical violence while getting in the court in advance of each of her suits at the U.S. Open, a motion in assistance of the battle versus racial injustice in the United States.

Despite some objection on social networks over the relocation, Osaka, that was birthed to a Haitian dad as well as a Japanese mommy, has actually prepared 7 such masks to equate to the number of matches she will certainly play in the Grand Slam if she gets to the last.

Naomi Osaka of Japan strolls in putting on a mask with the name Elijah McClain on it prior to her Womens Singles 2nd round suit versus Camila Giorgi of Italy at the U.S. Open in New York on Sept. 2, 2020 (Getty/Kyodo)

Noting that 7 masks are insufficient to honor the number of black individuals shed to authorities cruelty in the nation, Osaka stated that she wishes to reveal all 7 while maintaining her competition really hopes to life.

In her second-round suit on Wednesday, Osaka got in the court putting on a face mask with the name of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old African American male that passed away in August 2019 in Colorado after apparently being positioned in a chokehold by authorities.

For Monday’s first-round play, she got in putting on a mask with the name Breonna Taylor, a black female eliminated by Louisville authorities in March. Osaka stated after her three-set win versus compatriot Misaki Doi that she had 7 comparable masks in all.

Naomi Osaka (Getty/Kyodo)

Prior to the U.S. Open, Osaka chose to remain her semifinal suit at the Western as well as Southern Open recently in uniformity with professional athletes in various other sporting activities that were rejecting to play as an objection activity versus racial injustice.

After the competition was postponed for a day to identify the problem, Osaka accepted take part when play returned to the adhering to day. She wound up getting to the last however took out because of a leg injury.

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Osaka encounters 137th-ranked Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open.



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