Naomi Osaka - The Haitian-Japanese Tennis Star

If you were expecting Victoria Duval to be the torch bearer for Haiti at the US Open you may get a bit disappointed since our beloved Vicky did not make the cut. Instead, it is the rising star Naomi Osaka who registers the name Haiti in the sport sections covering the prestigious tournament.

Naomi was born in Osaka, Japan to a Haitian father, Leonard François, and a Japanese mother on 16 October 1997. She also has an older sister, Mari, who plays tennis professionally. Understandably, both sisters represent their homeland Japan in international competitions. Like the better known Haitian-Japanese soccer player Zachary Herivaux, Naomi and her sister grew up in USA. They live near heavy Haitian-American communities in Florida and New York. It is reported that the family moved to the USA to be closer to their paternal relatives.

Recently, Naomi has made some noise among the elite of the tennis world. The 19-year-old Asian star, who ousted defending champion Angelique Kerber in her opener, outlasted 90th-ranked Czech Denisa Allertova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to reach the last 32 on the New York hardcourts.

Naomi, the 2016 WTA Newcomer of the Year, can reach her first fourth round at a Grand Slam by beating 418th-ranked Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi on Saturday.

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capois replied the topic: #103 5 months 2 weeks ago
I am not saying she is not Haitian. I am just saying based on what is said in the article and also what I could find online on her she is more Japanese than Haitian.
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capois replied the topic: #102 5 months 2 weeks ago
This is appropriation, HG. I disagree with you because she was born in Japan, she lives with her Japanese mother, she calls herself a black Japanese woman. I believe her parents asked the Japanese tennis association to let her represent Japan. So, she is far more Japanese than she is Haitian.

If you look at the dad you will realize he is one of those ignorant who do not want their kids to be associated with Haiti. We have a bunch of guys like that. Remember Bazile's dad?

The article says she can speak some Japanese. I bet you she probably cannot speak any Creole or French at all and it is likely she had never been to Haiti or taken to a Haitian environment. Ou konnen tipep nou an, HG.
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Haiti-Goal replied the topic: #101 5 months 2 weeks ago
She is more Haitian than Jap in my opinion. She gave an interview in which she said she barely speaks Japanese because she was born there but she did not grow up there. She grew up in New York as a black girl.

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