“It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan,” Osaka told NHK via BBC. “I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional.”
The two-time Grand Slam champion was born in Japan and was raised in the United States starting at the age of 3.
According to Japanese law, individuals who have dual citizenship will have to choose one before turning 22.
However, Osaka has to play for the country during one more national team competition organized by the International Tennis Federation before she is eligible to represent Japan in the Olympics, the Japan Tennis Association said.