New York, August 28
Naomi Osaka has determined to play her semifinal on the Western & Southern Open in New York after beforehand saying she would withdraw from the match to protest towards racial injustice.
The 22-year-old two-time Grand Slam winner was initially scheduled to play her semifinal on Thursday however event organisers determined to postpone all of the last-four matches to Friday.
“As you know, I pulled out of the tournament yesterday in support of racial injustice and continued police violence. I was (and am) ready and prepared to concede the match to my opponent,” Osaka mentioned in an announcement offered to The Guardian newspaper and later confirmed by the WTA.
“However, after my announcement and lengthy consultation with the WTA and USTA, I have agreed at their request to play on Friday. They offered to postpone all matches until Friday and in my mind that brings more attention to the movement. I want to thank the WTA and the Tournament for their support.”
Osaka joined comparable protests by athletes within the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball following the police taking pictures of a Black man in Wisconsin on Sunday.
Osaka will play Belgian Elise Mertens within the ultimate tune-up occasion forward of the August 31 to September 13 US Open. Reuters