Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
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Naomi Osaka pursuing Japanese citizenship

Naomi Osaka pursuing Japanese citizenship

The 21-year-old tennis sensation was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but moved to NY when she was three.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tennis star Naomi Osaka has taken steps to give up her USA citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics, Japanese media said on Thursday.

According to the Olympic Channel, Osaka will be eligible for Japan's Olympic team if she plays for Japan in one more International Tennis Federation national team competition. That means Naomi will be relinquishing her U.S. citizenship to represent her birthplace in the sporting event. Eastern legislation stipulates that a Eastern with better than one nationality must selected one sooner than turning 22 years frail.

World number three Naomi Osaka has said she will give up her USA citizenship to represent Japan at next year's Olympics in Tokyo.

Osaka told Japanese media that playing for Japan in Tokyo during the Olympics is something special for her, according to Reuters.

She also solidified her position with her victory in the Australian Open in January, and she most recently defeated world No.1 Ash Barty in the final of the China Open in Beijing last Sunday.

Osaka added she desires to objective for the gold though she can be nervous as expectations will likely be excessive.

Osaka is now in fine form, winning the Toray Pan Pacific event in September and the China Open this month.

Osaka has competed under the Japanese flag on the WTA Tour and has represented that country in the Fed Cup dating back to 2017.

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