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Naomi Osaka chooses Japan in front of the USA for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo



Hardly a year after her chaotic emotional debut on the world stage – a victory over Serena Williams in the final of the US Open – tennis star Naomi Osaka has declared that she will give up her US citizenship and compete for Japan next year in Tokyo Olympic Games.

The No. 3 player in the world was born in Japan, but grew up on Long Island from her Japanese mother and her Haitian father.

Osaka has dual citizenship, but has to choose one nationality according to Japanese requirements and the other before the 22nd birthday, which will take place later this month.

"It's a special feeling to be Japan's representative for the Olympics," she told NHK News. "I think it will be more emotional to play for the pride of the country."

Osaka has applied for the WTA Tour under the Japanese flag and represented this country in the 201

7 Fed Cup. The Japan Tennis Assn. lists her as a national team member.

Another victory for the US Open in 2018, when Williams labeled the Chair Umpire, and a tearful Osaka apologizing for having beaten the crowd's favorite, was followed by another Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2019. Most recently she defeated Ashleigh Barty at the China Open 2019 in Beijing.

"I can play well on the big stage, so there are expectations of me at the Tokyo Olympics," Osaka was quoted as saying. "I'm worried about the high expectations of the environment, but I want to play like me and get a gold medal."

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