WOW! Twitter Goes Crazy as Naomi Osaka Becomes the First Ever Tennis Player to Light the Tokyo Olympics Flame

Published 07/23/2021, 11:11 AM EDT


The Olympics opening ceremony is ongoing and Japanese Tennis star Naomi Osaka is lighting the flame at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

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Osaka is the no.2 ranked WTA star at the moment. She is a four-time grand slam champion and is the reigning Australian Open and US Open champion.

Osaka, who is a huge fan favorite, has been given the honor in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after a controversial campaign in her grand slam calendar year.

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Fans and experts around the world have taken to social media to express their joy and happiness for Osaka being recognized as the person to light up the cauldron in a ceremony overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

British star Laura Robson took to Twitter to show her joy for Osaka’s iconic moment.

Official Twitter handle of the US Open also honored their champion, as she enjoys one of the most iconic moments of her professional career.

Former American Tennis star, Brad Gilbert, also took to Twitter to react to Osaka’s awe-inspiring moment.

NFL star Ben Rothenberg acknowledged the Japanese Tennis star lighting the Olympic cauldron.

Famous journalist Jon Wertheim also doubled down on Osaka’s moment of glory.

 

It was truly a beautiful moment as one of the best tennis players on the planet got the moment of glory to lighten the Olympic cauldron. This will remain the highlight of her illustrious career.

Osaka deserves every bit of the glory she is getting, as she has been nothing short of phenomenal as an athlete in recent years. Needless to say, her fans and supporters are more than content to see her get this honor.

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Osaka withdrew from the French Open after the first round of the tournament. She reasoned unfair treatment from the media as the cause behind her withdrawal.

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She also didn’t take part in the Wimbledon. But Osaka is on board with her country, Japan, and is one of their biggest bets for Olympic gold in the tournament.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Picture taken May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Osaka was set to take on Zheng Saisai in the first round of the tournament on Saturday. However, her match has been pushed back a day to Sunday.

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There has been no official statement released to address the cause of the postponed contest. Nevertheless, fans will keep a close eye on how the superstar player fares at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

 

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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