Naomi Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, will give up her U.S. citizenship to represent Japan in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Washington Post reported.
The 21-year-old world’s third-ranked tennis player has reportedly started the process to give up her U.S. citizenship so she can play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United States, 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.”
Also speaking ahead of the 2020 Olympic, she said: “I’m kind of looking forward to everything like the opening ceremony,” she told the Olympic Channel. “It’s also a very big honor to even be participating.”