New York (AP) – Former number one tennis world Naomi Osaka wants to play her semi-finals at the tournament in New York, according to the media. The 22-year-old Japanese woman who lives in Florida told organizers.
In view of the protests in American sports against racism and police violence, Osaka had declared not to play against the Belgian Elise Mertens. However, after lengthy discussions with the WTA and the USTA, she gave in to their request and is now joining.
“I was and am ready to let my opponent win. But they have offered to postpone all matches until Friday. And in my opinion this brings more focus to the movement. I want to thank the WTA and the tournament for their support. ” Osaka told the Guardian. You boycotted the semifinals to support the protests. After Osaka announced their decision for Wednesday, all games were canceled at the dress rehearsal for the US Open on Thursday.
The game’s cancellations in several US leagues were caused by the Milwaukee Bucks, who did not play against the Orlando Magic. With this, the Bucks responded to the latest act of violence by police officers against a black American less than an hour’s drive south of Milwaukee. 29-year-old family man Jacob Blake was seriously injured in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday by police gunshots in the back. As a result, many other sporting events in the US did not take place.