Naomi Osaka pursuing Japanese citizenship

Naomi Osaka pursuing Japanese citizenship

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has made a decision to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported today.

Two-time Grand Slam victor Naomi Osaka intends to play for host country Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by choosing Japanese nationality.

Osaka has represented Japan throughout her career, including at the Fed Cup, and has previously targeted playing at a home Olympics. Eastern legislation stipulates that a Eastern with better than one nationality must selected one sooner than turning 22 years frail.

Tennis phemon Naomi Osaka will give up her USA citizenship to compete for Japan at her Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti, the 21-year-old now holds dual nationality with both Japan and the United States, having grown up in NY.

"It's definitely going to be very special", Osaka said.

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Osaka added she desires to goal for the gold though she can be nervous as expectations will likely be excessive. "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me".

Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam past year after beating Serena Williams at the US Open.

The Tokyo opening ceremonies are set for July 24, with the tennis events scheduled to begin the following day.

Osaka, the reigning champion in women's singles at the Australian Open, laughed off the comments.

"Everyone who competes at the Olympics wants to be an Olympic champion, so that would be my aim".

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