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Osaka Gives Tennis, Journalists an Opportunity
Osaka Gives Tennis,
Journalists an Opportunity
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Osaka Gives Tennis, Journalists an Opportunity

Star's stance could cause a reckoning, analysts say

(Newser) - By announcing she'll skip Wimbledon after already withdrawing from the French Open—even as tennis officials say they're working on the issues she raised—Naomi Osaka is making a couple of things clear. She's serious about putting her mental health first, whether the tennis bosses like it...

After French Withdrawal, Naomi Osaka Skips Wimbledon

Tennis star objects to media requirements during tournaments

(Newser) - She dropped out of the French Open , and now she's skipping Wimbledon. Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, “is taking some personal time with friends and family," says agent Stuart Duguid, per the AP . However, he says the native of Japan plans to compete in the...

Osaka's Move May Not Dent Her Earnings

Sponsors who might have dropped tennis star in the past are sticking with her

(Newser) - For other tennis stars, leaving the tour for a time and quitting a major tournament in the middle might hurt their income. Corporate sponsors have been known to drop, or at least cool off on, athletes receiving negative publicity. Also, they count on their players being around deep into tournaments...

The Lessons From 'L'Affaire Osaka'
After Osaka's Surprise
Withdrawal, a Lively Debate 
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After Osaka's Surprise Withdrawal, a Lively Debate

Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, others rally to support tennis star's mental health

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from the French Open rather than face mandatory media interviews has become one of the most talked-about stories in sports, with folks speaking out on behalf of the world's second-ranked women's tennis player, who admitted to battling depression and social anxiety, and...

Osaka Quits French Open Rather Than Do Interviews

World No. 2 says she'll step away from tennis for a while

(Newser) - A day after being fined $15,000 for refusing to do interviews, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open. The tennis star, ranked second in the world, made the announcement Monday in a long Twitter post, NBC reports. "The best thing for the tournament, the other players and...

Tennis Star Faces Expulsion Over Media Stance

Naomi Osaka refuses interviews after French Open matches, is fined

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka kept her word, and now she’s being fined. Osaka, ranked No. 2 in tennis worldwide, recently announced she wouldn’t speak to the media after matches, and French Open officials have now attached a $15,000 price tag to that. Since she’s the highest paid...

World No. 2 Says She Won't Speak to French Open Press

'People have no regard for athletes' mental health,' Naomi Osaka says

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka says she will not be taking part in mandatory press appearances during the French Open—and if she is fined, she hopes the proceeds go to a mental health charity. The Japanese tennis star, currently ranked the World No. 2, tweeted Thursday that she has often felt "...

Monica Seles Did It in the '90s. Now, Naomi Osaka

23-year-old women's tennis player has won all of her first 4 Grand Slam finals

(Newser) - Not since Monica Seles in the early '90s has women's tennis seen this feat. Representing Japan, No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka beat US player Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday, making her the first woman to claim victory in the first four...

One of These Men Nabs Time 'Most Influential' Cover

Fauci. Time 100 list also features Trump, Megan Thee Stallion, and more

(Newser) - President Trump will not like this : Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force graces the cover of Time magazine as one of the year's 100 most influential people . (There will be eight worldwide covers in all, per Entertainment Weekly .) President Trump also made the list,...

Naomi Osaka Tames 'Bad Attitude' to Win US Open

The 22-year-old from Japan beats Victoria Azarenka in a comeback victory

(Newser) - After one errant forehand in the first set of the US Open final, Naomi Osaka looked at her coach in the mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium stands with palms up, as if to say, "What the heck is happening?" In response to another wayward forehand against Victoria Azarenka seconds...

Naomi Osaka Brought 7 Specific Masks to US Open

Each bears the name of a victim of racial injustice

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka is winning kudos for on-court moves that have nothing to do with tennis. The player, who on Tuesday night made it through to the US Open semifinals, has taken to wearing masks that each bear the name of one victim of racial injustice—and USA Today reports she...

Game Boycott Swells in Wake of Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks don't stand alone

(Newser) - The NBA is not standing alone against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted its Wednesday playoff game and the league ultimately postponed that and two other games, three WNBA games, five Major League Soccer games, and three Major League Baseball games originally planned for Wednesday...

There's a New Highest-Paid Female Athlete

22-year-old tennis star Naomi Osaka sets a yearly income record: $37.4M

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka has set a record that transcends tennis: The Japanese-born star collected $37.4 million in endorsements and prize money in the past year. That's more than any female athlete has ever made in 12 months, Reuters reports. Maria Sharapova had held the record until now, set in...

A Ball Boy Sold Serena's Racket for $500. Now He Regrets It

Racket busted by Williams in 2018 US Open could fetch five figures in auction

(Newser) - Broken sports equipment usually turns up in the garbage, but one busted tennis racket up for auction starting Monday could end up selling for five figures. The racket that Serena Williams threw down onto the court in September 2018 during a US Open final match against Naomi Osaka is up...

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,...

World No. 1 Loses to Bencic at US Open

'I honestly didn't move well today,' Naomi Osaka says

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka's achy left knee didn't let her serve without pain, so she didn't practice that key part of her game leading into the US Open. The knee also prevented her from covering the court and preparing for shots the way she'd like. Those weren't...

US Open Match Ends in Tears and a Hug

Champ Osaka consoles Coco Gauff after teenager's defeat

(Newser) - The aftermath of Naomi Osaka's defeat of 15-year-old Coco Gauff in the third round of the US Open, played out on court and in post-match interviews, was emotional. "She was crying, she won. I was crying. Everybody was crying!" Gauff said later, the BBC reports. "I...

Naomi Osaka: As Crowd Booed, Serena Said This

US Open winner appears on the 'Ellen Show'

(Newser) - During and after Naomi Osaka's high-profile US Open win over Serena Williams on Saturday, the 20-year-old didn't always know what was going on. She told the Ellen Show on Wednesday that as Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she resisted the urge to stray from her training,...

New Wrinkle in Serena Controversy: a Cartoon
New Wrinkle in Serena
Controversy: a Cartoon
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New Wrinkle in Serena Controversy: a Cartoon

Critics see its depiction of the tennis great as racist

(Newser) - Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka over the weekend at the US Open continues to generate headlines beyond the world of sports. One of the buzzier stories Monday concerned a cartoon—see it here —that it appeared in the Herald Sun of Australia, reports Business Insider . It depicts Williams,...

Serena Was Right: Ump Was 'a Thief'
Serena Was Right:
Ump Was 'a Thief'
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Serena Was Right: Ump Was 'a Thief'

Carlos Ramos 'couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him'

(Newser) - Carlos Ramos, the man tasked with umpiring the women's final of the US Open between Serena Williams and Naiomi Osaka, instead "marred Osaka’s first Grand Slam title and one of Williams’s last bids for all-time greatness," and he did it "all because he couldn’...

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