Naomi Osaka: I'm trying to figure out how to help more to Haiti
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 1866
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka insists she is not really doing that much for Haiti. Over the weekend, a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, causing many people to lose their lives, get injured or lose their homes.
Osaka felt for the people of Haiti as she pledged to donate all her prize money from the Cincinnati Masters to relief efforts for Haiti. "For Haiti, I feel like I'm not really doing that much. I could do more, and I'm trying to figure out what I can do and what exactly or where exactly to put my energy into," said an emotional Osaka.
"The prize money thing is sort of like the first thing that I thought of that I could do that would raise the most awareness. I guess that is the reason why I announced it. It's really scary, because like I see the news every day, and honestly the earthquake was kind of close to, you know, my parents' school there, so I'm honestly not really sure how that's doing and I haven't seen any pictures or video of it yet."
Osaka wanted to do a good deed
"Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break.
I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising," Osaka tweeted over the weekend. Osaka, seeded at No.
2, has a first round bye at the Cincinnati Masters. Osaka awaits the winner of the match between Cori Gauff and Su-Wei Hsieh. Osaka is set to make her third main draw appearance in Cincinnati. Osaka lost in the Cincinnati Masters first round in her debut appearance at the tournament in 2018. A year later, Osaka made the quarterfinal at the tournament.