Noami Osaka has reportedly taken steps to relinquish her U.S. citizenship and will represent Japan in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The tennis superstar was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United States.
Japan requires those with dual citizenship to relinquish one of them before the age of 22. Osaka turns 22 on October 16th.
“I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country,” she told NHK. She says that it gives her “a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan.”
As of October 10th, 2019 the tennis superstar is ranked number 3 in the world.