Naomi Osaka among Time Magazine's 100 Influential People

Society

New York, April 17 (Jiji Press)--Naomi Osaka, the world's No. 1 tennis player, is among Time's 100 most influential people of 2019, according to the list published by the U.S. magazine Wednesday.

"Rookie Grand Slam tournament champs often fall short at their next major," former tennis star Chris Evert said in a commentary on the magazine's selection of Osaka. "All Naomi Osaka did was conquer the world again."

Osaka has won back-to-back Grand Slam titles in the United States and Australia. She was born from a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti in the western Japan city of Osaka and raised in the United States.

"Some people want her to embrace a single identity. She's more concerned with just being herself," Evert said.

"No one represents our more globalized, multicultural future better than this honest, polite, self-deprecating tennis life force, a potential champion for years to come," Evert continued.

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