Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father and was raised in the U.S. from the age of 3. She told Japanese public broadcaster NHK that she has chosen to pursue Japanese citizenship, calling it a "special desire."
"It's definitely going to be very special," Osaka said. "I think there's no other place that I'd rather play my first Olympics. I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me."
“It feels like I accomplished what I set out to do.” @Naomi_Osaka_ discusses her impressive come-from-behind victory in the @ChinaOpen final. pic.twitter.com/bc92U13UiK— WTA (@WTA) October 6, 2019