Osaka has distinctive attain in that regard — inarguably a celeb in america, the place she spent most of her childhood and presently lives, she performs for Japan and captures a global viewers as nicely.
After her 1-6, 6-3, 6-Three win over Victoria Azarenka within the U.S. Open closing Saturday, reporter Tom Rinaldi requested in Osaka’s on-court interview after the match in regards to the message behind her masks.
This time, she turned the query round.
“Nicely, ‘What was the message that you simply acquired?’ is extra the query,” Osaka stated to Rinaldi, who’s White. “I really feel like the purpose is to make individuals begin speaking.
“For me, I’ve been within the bubble, so I’m probably not certain what’s actually occurring within the outdoors world. All I can inform is what’s occurring on social media. For me, I really feel just like the extra retweets it will get — that’s so lame — however the extra individuals speak about it.”
Osaka’s masks have capped a summer time of activism for the 22-year-old, who attended protests of police violence in Minneapolis and Los Angeles and final month joined an NBA-player led protest by refusing to play her semifinal match on the Western & Southern Open. Your entire match paused for a day as an alternative, an emblem of her energy in a sport that hardly ever engages with social points on a widespread stage.
Osaka’s affect solely grew Saturday after she received her third Grand Slam title. She is the youngest three-time main winner since Maria Sharapova captured her third crown in 2008.