- “To be able to win a gold on my country’s soil, knowing the youngest generation is watching — it makes me emotional to know I have the opportunity to make an entire generation inspired and an entire country proud,” Osaka said.
- Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka gave up her U.S. citizenship in 2019 to represent Japan in the Olympics.
- This year’s tennis matches will be played on hard courts, where Osaka has won all four of her major titles, according to Forbes.
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- Osaka withdrew from the French Open earlier this year after being fined for refusing to attend press conferences.
- She cited her struggles with depression as her reason for backing out.
- The Japanese Olympic Committee confirmed on Friday that athletes will not be penalized for refusing to attend press conferences.