Naomi Osaka, born October 16th, 1997, is an American-Japanese skilled tennis participant who defeated Serena Williams in the last of the U.S. Open on Saturday (Sep. 8).
Her older sister, Mari Osaka, can be an expert tennis participant, and collectively, the two sisters signify the three cultures they had been raised with: American, Japanese and Haitian.
Right here’s what you could find out about Naomi Osaka and her household:
1Naomi Osaka’s father, Leonard François, is Haitian and her mom, Tamaki Osaka, is Japanese.
Naomi Osaka was born in Ch??-ku, Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese mom, Tamaki Osaka, and a Haitian father, Leonard “San” François.
In Nemuro—a metropolis and port positioned in Hokkaido, Japan—the place Naomi’s mom, Tamaki grew up, Tamaki wasn’t used to seeing individuals who didn’t like her. However that each one modified after she began attending highschool in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, the place she met “a good-looking school pupil from New York,” the New York Instances explains. That good-looking school pupil, who attended NYU, was Leonard Maxime François, who was Haitian by delivery and “one of solely a handful of black males in all of Hokkaido,” in line with the Instances.
The tradition divide between Osaka’s dad and mom led to a quantity of difficulties in the starting of their relationship. As an illustration, Tamaki informed the NY New York Instances that her father was livid when he discovered that she was courting a black man and chastised her for bringing shame on the household.
The couple then moved to Osaka, the place each Tamaki, and Francois, whose Japanese was bettering, discovered work and bought married.
Because of this of her interracial relationship, Tamaki didn’t have any contact along with her household for over a decade.
2Naomi’s sister, Mari Osaka, can be an expert tennis participant.
Very similar to her U.S. Open opponent Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka’s sister, Mari, can be an expert tennis participant.
In reality, Naomi and Mari Osaka have been in comparison with the Williams sisters on a number of events. W Journal ran a characteristic in their July 2018 difficulty titled, “Mari and Naomi Osaka Might Be the Subsequent Venus and Serena Williams.”
W Journal‘s Brooke Marine wrote:
“Although Naomi has simply been shockingly knocked out of the 16th spherical of Wimbledon, at simply 20 years outdated, the tennis star has been an expert for practically 5 years… Now, the Osaka sisters observe in the footsteps of Venus and Serena Williams, as two younger sisters who’re making waves in the area of skilled tennis, and crushing their competitors each on the courtroom and on social media.”
Mari, who’s Naomi’s older sister by simply 18 months, is presently ranked #344 in the ladies’s singles rankings.
3Naomi and Mari Osaka each took their mom’s final title, as a substitute of their father’s.
In Japan, a rustic that’s racially homogenous, the Osaka sisters are thought of h?fu, which is Japanese for biracial.
As an alternative of taking their father’s final title, the ladies used their mom’s final title “Otaku,” a Japanese surname that that’s coincidentally the similar title as their delivery metropolis, as a result of it made their lives simpler for issues like enrolling in faculties and renting residences.
The Osaka household moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2006 when Naomi was three years outdated in order that they may give attention to tennis full time.
Mari Osaka can converse Japanese fluently, whereas Naomi can solely converse it partially.
4Leonard François educated his daughters and was impressed by Richard Williams, father of Venus & Serena Williams.
One other approach the Osaka sisters will be in comparison with the Williams sisters is the method in which they obtained their tennis coaching.
Whereas watching a broadcast of the French Open in 1999, when the ladies had been simply toddlers, Leonard François grew to become impressed by Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. The Williams sister teamed as much as win the doubles title that yr, and at that second, François hatched a plan to show his daughters into champions.
François had performed somewhat tennis in his earlier years, however Williams, who coached his daughters, had performed none in any respect, so François felt like if Williams might do it, he positively might. “The blueprint was already there,” François stated.
And it appears like François’ technique has paid off large time, contemplating Naomi beat Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open. Serena additionally beforehand described Naomi as a “actually good, gifted participant. Very harmful.”
5Naomi Osaka represents the nation of Japan on the courtroom.