Two time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is among the young tennis stars taking a stand against racism over the past few days after the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that have swept across the United States in recent days.
Naomi Osaka not happy about tennis players who only post a black square
The 22 year old Osaka has been quite vocal on the issue in recent days. And on Tuesday, she posted a series of tweets on the subject, including one aimed at tennis players who posted the picture of a black square to support Blackout Tuesday.
Osaka said she was "torn between roasting people for only posting the black square this entire week...Or, accepting that they could’ve posted nothing at all so I should deal with this bare minimum bread crumb they have given."
Among the tennis players who posted a black square on Twitter on Tuesday were tennis champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
I’m torn between roasting people for only posting the black square this entire week...Or, accepting that they could’ve posted nothing at all so I should deal with this bare minimum bread crumb they have given.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) June 3, 2020
22 year old Naomi Osaka is the first player of Haitian or Asian descent to hold the top ranking in singles.
She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels. Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, and is the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.
Last week, Osaka became the highest earning female athlete ever having earned $37 million from June 2019 to May 2020. Osaka had earlier said she hoped to express herself more as she was very shy and wanted to be more assertive in the future.