CLASS ACT! Naomi Osaka Keeps Up Her Words and Donates Mammoth Amount for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Published 08/25/2021, 8:07 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar


Tennis ace Naomi Osaka has had a season of mixed emotions this year. After riding on the success of her performance in Australia, the Japanese star released a statement that she wouldn’t be attending press conferences due to her battle with mental illness. 

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Recently, Naomi Osaka was left saddened by the earthquake that hit Haiti. She later revealed that she would donate the entire prize money that she would win at the Cincinnati Open. She came as far as the second round and earned $24,200. The tournament organization also donated and together they raised $50,000. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns the ball in the second set during her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Thirteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It was a generous act by both of them. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, which left at least 304 people dead. When the incident occurred, Osaka was quick to condemn the incident and stated, “It really hurts to see all the devastation going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t take a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give it my all. prize money to help relief efforts in Haiti. I know the blood of our ancestors is strong and we will continue to move forward.”

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Naomi Osaka was the champion in Melbourne 

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Reflecting on Osaka’s season so far, she began the year on a great note, winning her second Australian Open title. After that, things started descending for the Japanese star. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan walks off after losing her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Mike Segar

She then competed at the French Open but because of the off-court controversies, she withdrew herself from the tournament before her second-round match. The former World No. 1 then decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships.

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After that, she competed in the Tokyo Olympics. However, she lost in the initial rounds and did not end up winning a medal. She is currently preparing for the final Grand Slam event, the US Open. We wish her the best of luck for the upcoming matches.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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