Haiti - Tennis : Naomi Osaka proud of her Haitian origins
"Born of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Naomi has always proudly evoked her Haitian origins and deserves our congratulations for having helped to project a positive image of Haiti, through her athletic performances especially in the last two weeks in the US Open," said Minister Lamur, who takes the opportunity to send special congratulations to Naomi's father, Léonard François, "who believed in his daughter's potential by participating in his progress, by investing in her talent and her passion for tennis."
Naomi Osaka who had already come to Haiti in October 2017 https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-22548-icihaiti-flash-a-haitian-japanese-world-star-of-tennis-visiting-haiti.html declared "I have no problem becoming an ambassador for my father’s country. Haiti deserves to be known by the world for its magnificent beauty and especially its delicious cuisine."
The Minister wants this US Open to be the first of a long series of titles and inaugurates a long and brilliant career for Naomi as that of her idol Serena Williams (36 years old) one of the legends of women's tennis world (23 titles won in the Grand Slam tournaments during the US Open: 7 in Australia, 3 at Roland Garros, 7 Wimbledon and 6 US Open)
Remember that to achieve the Grand Slam in tennis it is necessary to win the same year, the four major tournaments of the international circuit organized by the International Tennis Federation, namely :
- The Australian Open in Melbourne (hard surface "Plexicushion")
- The French Open (Roland-Garros on clay)
- Wimbledon in London (on grass)
- The US Open in New York (hard surface "Decoturf")
Learn more Naomi Osaka :
Born in Japan on October 16, 1997 in Chūō-ku (Osaka), of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, her family immigrated to the United States when she was 3 years old. Her father from Jacmel introduced her to tennis and recorded it at the Japanese Tennis Association (Naomie trains in Florida). She becomes a professional player in September 2013. Recall that Naomi, came to visit Haiti on October 30, 2017 https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-22548-icihaiti-flash-a-haitian-japanese-world-star-of-tennis-visiting-haiti.html . Recall also that she had already won a victory against Serena Williams last March in Miami [6-3, 6-2] https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-23897-icihaiti-tennis-the-haitian-japanese-naomi-osaka-crush-serena-williams.html
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