Athlete of the Month for August 2021
Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. Born in Japan to Haitian father and Japanese mother, Osaka has been living and training in the U.S. since the age of three.
She has been ranked No.1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. She is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, and is the reigning champion at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.
In 2018, she defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open and become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Since 2018, she has won a Grand Slam singles title in four consecutive years.
Osaka is one of the highest-earning female athletes of all time. She also gained recognition as an activist by publicly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Times Magazine listed her as one of the “100 most influential people in the world” in both 2019 and 2020.
After her loss in the 2020 Olympics, Osaka opened up about her mental health struggles and continues to encourage other people to do the same.