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Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Chooses Japan Over U.S. For 2020 Summer Olympics

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Tennis player Naomi Osaka will not be representing the United States at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Find out why inside…

Tennis player Naomi Osaka will NOT be representing the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics. The 21-year-old, who has dual citizenship from the U.S. and Japan, announced she will relinquish her American citizenship and compete for Japan in Tokyo for the upcoming Olympic games. She’s currently ranked as WTA's No. 3 in the world.

"It's definitely going to be very special. I think there's no other place that I'd rather play my first Olympics,” Naomi said in an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK. “I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me."



Naomi – who has won two Grand Slam tournaments - was born in Japan before she moved to the United States with her Japanese mother and Haitian father. They moved to Long Island when she was 3-years-old and then her family moved to Florida. Under Japanese laws, she had to choose one nationality over the other before turning 22. She turns 22 in a few days.

“It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan,” she told NHK News. “I think it will be more emotional to play for the pride of the country.”



In order for her to be eligible to play for Japan in the Olympics, she has to compete for the country in one more national team competitions hosted by the International Tennis Federation, according to the Japanese Tennis Association.


Photo: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

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