Naomi Osaka has pledged to donate any prize cash she wins from this week’s Western & Southern Open tennis match to aid efforts in Haiti.
Haiti was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake Saturday morning that has left greater than 700 lifeless.
Osaka’s father, Leonard Francois, is a local of Haiti.
Actually hurts to see all of the devastation that is occurring in Haiti, and I really feel like we actually cannot catch a break. I am about to play a match this week and I will give all of the prize cash to aid efforts for Haiti. I do know our ancestors blood is robust we’ll hold rising 🇭🇹❤️🙏🏾
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 14, 2021
Ranked second on the earth, Osaka can be enjoying in her first match since a shocking third-round loss on the Tokyo Olympics. The Japan native lit the Olympic cauldron through the opening ceremony.
The winner of this 12 months’s Australian Open, Osaka’s 2021 season has been marked by her choice to withdraw from the French Open earlier than her second-round match and skip Wimbledon solely as she cited a necessity for a psychological well being break. She pulled out of the Nationwide Financial institution Open in Montreal, which wraps up Sunday.
Osaka, 23, completed second on the Western & Southern Open final 12 months after withdrawing from the ultimate with a hamstring damage.