Naomi Osaka Makes Fun of Her Parents After Becoming a Manga

Published 01/06/2021, 11:53 AM EST
Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits the ball against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women’s singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. |Reuters


Three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka will star as a character in a Japanese manga comic book series. Having grown up reading manga, Osaka has got an exciting opportunity to become part of the culture she absolutely adores.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. |REUTERS

Osaka’s character name, “Unrivaled Naomi Tenka-ichi” translates to Naomi without equal. Interestingly, Osaka’s character was produced with the help of her sister, Mari. The manga series will come out in February this year in the Nakayoshi magazine.

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Naomi Osaka excited over her manga series

The 23-year-old recently uploaded an Instagram post announcing the release of her own manga series. Osaka wrote about her childhood days when according to her parents watching manga was a waste of time. However, she seemed elated that watching hours manga as a kid led to the formation of her own character in the comic book.

“And my parents told me and my sister that reading manga was a waste of time. Haha guess who utilized all that info as a kid and now has a whole manga coming out in February? 🙋🏽‍♀️😛 lesson is- if you have a passion work towards it. Anyways we’re coming for that top manga spot lol 💕 @nakayosi_photo,” wrote Osaka.

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The picture depicted her character having pink and purple hair holding a tennis racquet. Wearing a yellow visor, Osaka seems poised to inspire teenage girls in her new avatar.

Naomi Osaka in action against Victoria Azarenka in the finals of US Open 2020 Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

After winning the 2020 US Open, Osaka pulled out of the remaining season because of a hamstring injury. With the Australian Open starting in a month’s time, Osaka will aim to win her second title at Melbourne Park.

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In 2019, Osaka won the Australian Open by defeating Petra Kvitova in a thrilling three-set final. The World No.3 will be one of the strongest contenders to win the title.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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