Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Picks Japanese Citizenship


Tokyo, Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)--Tennis star Naomi Osaka, 21, has taken procedures to keep her Japanese citizenship while renouncing her U.S. citizenship in accordance with Japanese law, sources said Thursday.

Under the law, Osaka, the world's No. 3 female tennis player, had been required to renounce one of her nationalities by her 22nd birthday on Wednesday next week.

Osaka has expressed her wish to play for Japan in the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, and she will now aim to become the first Japanese female tennis player to win an Olympic medal in the 2020 Games.

Osaka was born on Oct. 16, 1997, in the city of Osaka, western Japan, to a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother. She moved to the United States at the age of 3, when she started to play tennis. She turned professional in 2013.

Her serves that reach speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour and powerful strokes made Osaka a standout player from her teenage years. She became the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles title, at the 2018 U.S. Open, and became the first Asian tennis player ranked No. 1 in the world after winning the following Grand Slam event, the 2019 Australian Open in January.

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