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Naomi Osaka Wins Second U.S. Open, Keeps Focus on Black Lives

HeadlineSep 14, 2020

In sports news, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open Saturday, her third Grand Slam title. During the tournament, Osaka — who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian American father — donned seven masks, each bearing the name of a Black person who was killed: Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile and Tamir Rice. This is Naomi Osaka speaking to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Tom Rinaldi: “What was the message you wanted to send, Naomi?”

Naomi Osaka: “Well, 'What was the message that you got?' was more the question. I feel like the point is to make people start talking.”

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