Naomi Osaka to donate Cincinnati prize money to relief effort for Haiti

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Naomi Osaka to donate Cincinnati prize money to relief effort for Haiti

World No. 2 Naomi Osaka will donate all her prize money from the Cincinnati Masters to relief effort for Haiti. Haiti is going through a devastating period as more than 300 people lost their lives in 7.2 magnitude earthquake, while at least 1800 were injured.

"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. Meanwhile, Osaka recently returned to action after pulling out of the French Open due to her mental health wellbeing. "I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris," Osaka said in Paris.

"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. "More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly. "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that."

Frances Tiafoe understands Osaka

"Yeah, I mean, I think everyone's human;" Tiafoe said, when asked about Osaka and Simone Biles. "Everyone's going through a lot of things. Yeah, I mean, I think people being open about it, talking about their experiences is definitely big.

Letting the fans and pretty much everyone else know what's going on with all the other athletes. Everyone is going through things. "But, yeah, I mean, we matter just as next as the much person, as the ordinary person.

We're human. We're going to have mood swings, personal things go on that may affect our day to day. Being open about it, talking about it, I think is huge."