[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing links to several articles on Naomi Osaka.] In “Haitian Community Celebrates Osaka’s First Grand Slam Victory,” Ernest Georges highlights Osaka’s biracial identity and what it means for both Haiti and Japan. [Also see “Naomi Osaka proud of her Haitian origins” (Haiti Libre) and “Tell ’Em! Tennis Player Checks Reporter for Neglecting to Mention Her Haitian Heritage” (Ebony Magazine).] Georges writes:
Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese player to clinch a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, but also Haitian from her father side a phrase she constantly reminds the public any time doing an interview. Proud of her performance the Haitian Community Celebrates Osaka’s First Grand Slam Victory in Haiti, New York, Paris, Montreal, Santiago Chile, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Miami where she is living actually.
The 20-year-old, who was born in Japan but raised in the United States, between an almost three culture Japanese, Haitian and American beat her childhood idol 6-2 6-4 on Saturday in a final marred byWilliams’s outburst after she was handed a code violation for on-court coaching.was a picture of calm in the midst of her opponent’s meltdown that cast a pall over the final.
In Haiti, all her performance the US-Open 2018 was religiously watching on television with the same effect of a soccer world cup, people took a day off from the job to do not miss the final, after her victory against the world famous mater champion Serena Williams that is also a popular and well-respected athlete in Haiti people was screaming joyfully to celebrate the highest ranking female tennis player from Haitian roots in history.
The most curious thing we have noticed in Brooklyn New York, in East Orange New Jersey All Haitian businesses, especially in restaurant and sport bar people show-up with Haitian and Japanese flag where t-shirt with Naomi Osaka and Mari Osaka the other sister in the Osaka Family that also the Haitian community expect also very soon will step-up on podium with a major trophy as well.
Also see https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-25487-haiti-tennis-naomi-osaka-proud-of-her-haitian-origins.html and https://www.ebony.com/news-views/naomi-osaka-haitian-australian-open https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NAuI3mn7Dc