Naomi Osaka is once again using her social media presence and platform to help create change and put the most dire situations in the forefront. The devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday resulted in immense damage to the impoverished country and killed at least 304 people. Osaka quickly took notice and action by announcing that her entire prize money at this week’s upcoming Western & Southern Open will go directly towards relief efforts.
“Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break,” Osaka wrote on Twitter. “I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising.”
he world No. 2 who holds a Japanese flag beside her name in the WTA rankings is also half Haitian. Her father Leonard Francois is from the island country.
Going off past performances, it seems as if Osaka’s will to win is taken up a notch when she’s playing for far bigger things than a trophy. Last year at the US Open she donned face masks representing those whose lives were taken due to police brutality and found herself claiming her third major at the end of it.
Playing in her first event since falling short of claiming a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, she is seeded No. 2 and received a bye into the second round. The 23-year-old awaits the winner of Coco Gauff and an undetermined qualifier at the WTA 1000 event. © tennis.com