“I am Black and Asian” – Naomi Osaka Gives Cheeky Response to Ethnicity Question

Published 03/19/2020, 1:17 PM EDT


The ATP and WTA tour has come to a halt till June 7 due to the rising and safety concerns over coronavirus threat. Subsequently, the players are finding ways to spend their time during the unexpected days off. Naomi Osaka is also finding ways to kill her boredom during self-quarantine.

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To combat her dullness and monotony, Osaka took to Instagram in order to interact with her fans. She decided to answer any question posed to her on the social media app. “Been in the house all day, so ask me a question,” wrote Osaka on Wednesday.

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What is the ethnicity of Naomi Osaka?

The fans from all around the world posed many questions to the Japanese star. However, in one of the interesting questions, Osaka was asked about her ethnicity. “Can you explain your ethnicity? I am a bit confused,” asked a fan.

However, the 2-time Grand Slam champion found the answer quite obvious. “Ethnicity: I am black and Asian. It’s not that confusing,” Naomi replied.

 

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Osaka currently resides in the USA. However, she was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. Subsequently, she was brought up in the US and has grown up in a Haitian household in New York. Consequently, she has dual citizenship of both Japan and America. However, last year, the 22-year-old decided to take sole Japanese nationality over US citizenship with a view to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nevertheless, the Haitian-Japanese is always bold and proud to talk about having grown up in a Haitian household with her Haitian grandparents. Do not erase her blackness by ignoring her Haitian heritage.

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Osaka in on her way up to sculpting her name in the list of legends of the world. However, we hope that she continues her defence against racism and sexism in the sporting world and hit back the critics by raising her racket.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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