Naomi Osaka to choose Japan nationality for Tokyo Olympics

Osaka giving up U.S. citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics media

Tennis phenom Naomi Osaka is saying goodbye to the United States and hello to Japan.

Under Japanese law, persons with dual citizenship are required to choose only one country to be a citizen of by their 22nd birthday.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka seems to be dropping the USA like a bad habit and putting all her heart into her home country of Japan.

Naomi Osaka has confirmed she will compete for Japan in the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will coincidentally be held in Tokyo.

According to CNN, Osaka spoke with Japanese public broadcaster NHK about her decision, telling them that it gives her "a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan".

According to reports, Osaka brushed off comments made by Japanese comedians two weeks ago, who said she was "too sunburned" and "needed some bleach". "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me".

She added to her maiden US Open title last year by winning the Australian Open in January and recently picked up her third championships of the year by winning the China Open in Beijing.

Osaka won the China Open on Sunday and is now the No. 3-ranked women's singles player in the WTA.

Osaka added she desires to objective for the gold though she can be nervous as expectations will likely be excessive.

Osaka, who will turn 22 next week, plays under the Japanese flag in Women's Tennis Association events and the Fed Cup.

In July, in an interview with the International Tennis Federation, she said: "Winning gold in Tokyo is something that I have dreamed about".



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