Naomi Osaka’s newly released docuseries on Netflix is showing an up close and personal view of the star tennis player’s life on and off the court!
Within one of the episode’s Naomi discussed for the first time publicly the blacklash she received following her decision to represent Japan instead of the United States at the summer Olympics.
She says that her plan to play for her native nation shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
”I’ve been playing under the Japan flag since I was 14. It was never even a secret that I’m going to play for Japan for the Olympics.”
Naomi says, “So I don’t choose America and suddenly people are like, ‘Your Black card is revoked.’ And it’s like, African American isn’t the only Black, you know?
”I don’t know, I feel like people really don’t know the difference between nationality and race because there’s a lot of Black people in Brazil, but they’re Brazilian.”
According to Yahoo News, Naomi was born in Japan but moved to New York at the age of 3 she previously held dual American and Japanese citizenship. However under Japan’s Nationality Act, anyone who obtains dual citizenship must choose one before their 22nd birthday.
Naomi’s mother is Japanese, and her father is Haitian.