Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has given fans a closer look at her limited edition Takashi Murakami x Yonex EZONE tennis racket. The racket features Yonex’s Isometric head shape, golden Yonex x Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki branding, a multicolored flower with Osaka’s bear character.
Also, Osaka's name is printed on the inside. The racket is expected to debut at the US Open. Meanwhile, Osaka pledged to donate all her prize money from this week's Cincinnati Masters to relief efforts for Haiti. "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.
Frances Tiafoe came to the Osaka defense
"Yeah, I mean, I think everyone's human;" Tiafoe said, when asked about Osaka and 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." Osaka is set to return to action for the first time since suffering a shock round-of-16 loss to Marketa Vondrousova in the Tokyo Olympics round-of-16. "I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this," Osaka said after the Vondrousova loss.
"I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year it was a bit much. "I think I’m glad with how I played, with taking that break that I had. I’ve taken long breaks before and I’ve managed to do well.
"I’m not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher. "I feel like my attitude wasn’t that great because I don’t really know how to cope with that pressure so that’s the best that I could have done in this situation."