WATCH: Naomi Osaka Reminisces Her Family Trip to Haiti

Published 12/17/2020, 10:34 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning the first set during her victory against Madison Keys of the United States in the Women’s Singles Semi Final match on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


People often question Naomi Osaka about her ethnicity. But the player remains loyal to her Japanese and Haitian roots. Osaka is a Japanese citizen but also shares a close bond to her Haitian roots. So embracing her Haitian roots, Osaka is in Haiti now along with her family.

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The player is currently in Haiti, and she is having a lot of fun. While going around with her family, she played tennis with a few of the Haitian kids. Moreover, she went trekking, exploring, and enjoying the Haitian cuisine as well.

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Naomi Osaka: Ethnicity and Nationality

Osaka has often reiterated that she grew up in a Japanese as well as Haitian culture. Thus she is close to both. Having embraced her Japanese roots, now Osaka is exploring her Haitian ones.

Osaka was born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. But she grew up in the US and thus acquired both Japanese as well as US citizenship. She relinquished her US citizenship to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The former World No.1 has been vocal about her ethnicity and nationality. She has faced a lot of questions from fans asking her ethnicity and nationality. So a few months back, in a TikTok video, Osaka showed the difference between ethnicity and nationality. She is referring to the fact that nationality wise she is Japanese but she shares a multi-ethnicity background.

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Osaka doesn’t pay heed to the talk on her ethnicity or nationality.

“I haven’t but clearly, everyone else does. Every other week there’s a new article about people not being able to label me due to my ethnicity and nationality. Someone always has something to say, it’s borderline interesting.” 

On the court, Osaka is sharp as ever. She recently won her third Grand Slam at US Open 2020. Now she sits third in the WTA rankings. She will hope she can get back to the summit of the rankings soon in 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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