Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics

Osaka giving up U.S. citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics media Tennis- Pan Pacific Open Women's Singles Quarter-final matchMore
Cary Erickson | 12 October, 2019, 16:56

Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father and was raised in the USA from the age of 3. The two-time Grand Slam champion will give up her US citizenship to play for her birth country in her Olympic debut.

Osaka was was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Hatian father, but was raised in the United States.

The two-time Grand Slam victor has opted to keep her Japanese nationality, as under United States and Japanese legislation, a person with more than one citizenship must choose one before they turn 22 years old.

Osaka shared with Japan's national broadcasting organisation, NHK, that she has started proceedings to choose Japanese citizenship. Under Japanese law, that's the age at which she must give up any dual citizenship.

Osaka said playing for Japan will definitely be very special, and one of the most memorable things to ever happen to her.

Osaka added she wants to goal for the gold though she is also anxious as expectations can be high.

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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, kisses the trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the U.S., in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NY on September 8, 2018.

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

Osaka represents Japan on the WTA Tour and in the Fed Cup.

The victor of two Grand Slam events, the 2018 U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open, Osaka was ranked No. 1 from January 28 to June 17 and again from August 12 to August 26.

Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics will begin July 24, 2020.