Naomi Osaka: 5 Things About The Australian Open Winner Who Eliminated Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka: 5 Things About The Australian Open Winner Who Eliminated Serena Williams

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Naomi Osaka just claimed the Australian Open, winning her 4th career Grand Slam! Learn more about the 23-year-old who is a rising star in the tennis world.

Naomi Osaka, 23, has done it again! The tennis superstar has claimed the 2021 Australian Open after she took on Serena Williams39, in the semi-finals and beat out Jennifer Brady for the Grand Slam title. Naomi, a rising star of the sport, now has four major career wins, including the 2020 U.S. Open, the 2019 Australian Open and the 2018 U.S Open.

She has also been at the forefront of the fight against racial injustice and police brutality. Throughout the 2020 U.S. Open, she wore protective masks that featured the names: Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain. Each name represented the identity of a Black person who died at the hands of police. Learn more about Naomi, who’s emerged as one of tennis’ leading voices on issues of racism, equality and more!

Naomi Osaka wears a Trayvon Martin mask before a fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, at the US Open tennis championships on September 6, 2020, in New York. (Photo credit: AP)
1. Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player who represents Japan.  

She started her professional career in 2013, despite playing at a young age. In 2016, she won “Newcomer of the Year” at the Women’s Tennis Association Awards. Naomi went on to win the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open. In March of 2018, Naomi became the first Japanese woman to win the Indian Wells Masters in California. The event is widely considered the second biggest event in tennis, right behind the Grand Slam. In September of 2018, Naomi’s star power got even stronger (at age 20) when she beat her idol, Serena Williams (then 36) at US Open. In 2020, Naomi was the highest-earning female athlete in endorsement income.

2. She has used her platform to inspire change.

Naomi has made it clear that her purpose is much bigger than just tennis. “I feel like I’m a vessel at this point in order to spread awareness and it’s not going to dull the pain, but hopefully I can help with anything that they need,” she said after she was surprised with video messages from Arbery and Martin’s families thanking her for her support. “I just want to say thank you to Naomi Osaka for representing Trayvon Martin on your customized mask and also for Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor,” Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, said in a video message shared by ESPN — following Naomi’s win in the quarterfinal match of the US Open.. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Continue to do well,” Fulton said, adding, “Continue to kick butt at the US Open.” In a separate video message, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, Sr., said “God bless you for what you’re doing and you supporting our family with my son. My family really, really appreciates that, and God bless you.”

Naomi Osaka wears a protective mask featuring the name George Floyd while arriving on court to face Shelby Rogers, of the United States, during the quarterfinal round of the US Open tennis championships on September 8, 2020, in New York. (Photo credit: AP)
3. Naomi supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

She has become a leader in social advocacy, especially within her sport. She joined the athlete protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23 (2020). After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their NBA playoff game, Naomi announced on social media that she wouldn’t play in her semifinal match at the Western & Southern Open.

“Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman,” she wrote in an Instagram post about her decision in August 2020. “And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis. I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.” As a result of her stance, the tournament paused play for the day her match was scheduled.

4. Naomi moved to New York at the age of three.

Naomi was born in Osaka, Japan on October 16, 1997, to a Japanese mother, Tamaki, and a Haitian father, Leonard Max Francois. After moving to Long Island, NY, Naomi made the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center grounds her second home. “I used to play here [in New York] when I was a little kid, so these courts aren’t new to me,” she told the US Open in 2018. “New York is very nostalgic. When I come here I always have memories of when I was a kid,” Naomi said, recalling, “Sometimes I walk down the streets I walked down when I was a little kid. Everything feels so much smaller. It’s an interesting feeling. But every time I come here, I’m very happy.”

Naomi Osaka wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates after defeating Misaki Doi, of Japan, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships on August 31, 2020, in New York. (Photo credit: AP)
5. She has become a fashion icon.

Naomi has graced the covers of high-fashion/beauty magazines including, Allure. Additionally, she’s covered WSJ and ESPN magazines. The tennis star even has an impressive Instagram feed that contains a plethora of cool outfit photos. On Jan. 11, 2021, Naomi was announced as Louis Vuitton‘s newest House Ambassador. “Funny story: I first bought my mom a LV bag when I was 16 as a birthday present and it’s kinda been a tradition since. Do I call this a full circle moment? Yes,” she wrote next to this amazing photo of herself wearing LV clothing and accessories.


US Open

Meek Mill – Stay Woke lyrics

[Intro]
How I keep from going under?
It’s like a jungle outside
Sometimes I wonder
How I keep from going under

[Verse 1: Meek Mill]
We scream, “Black Lives Matter,” but we still toting ladders
Watching our own brothers trying to get at us
Dreams get shattered when a scene full of crackers
And they charge you with some sh*t you ain’t do
You like what happen
We go get lawyers to say sh*t, we don’t know how to talk
They told us to hate each other before we learn how to walk
Momma taught you how to fight, fight, before she taught you how to write, write
And daddy locked down in the cell, can’t kiss you night, night
Ma, she’s under the bed every night, feel like it’s fright night
Coke fumes in the air, mama holding on that pipe tight
And you catching contact, but never mind that
In a world where Black is wrong and white right
It’s like a combat, we go to war for our freedom, they say we equal
I used to wanna play like Randall and be an Eagle
I used to play the quarterback, my dog would go receiver
That was ’til ball got flat by a dope needle on the pavement
It’s amazing, this environment we was raised in
On them papers, one mistake and getting caged in
You gotta feel me, feel like the system trying to kill me
Got arrested and the charges F1 for popping wheelies, stay woke

[Chorus: Miguel]
It was designed for us to fail
Still prevail through the hell
Though it was designed for us to lose
To make it through nothing’s impossible
Believe it we’re still undefeated

[Verse 2]
Picture me ten years younger with some tats on my face
Taking a bunch of Xannys with the strap on my waist
Pointing at the camera like mama ain’t teach me manners
Moving a little rock like I’m heading to Alabama, no, wait
I can’t judge them, I’m just trying to understand them
Cause I used to pop Percs, pouring purple in my Phantom
Had me swerving in my Phantom like I’m running from my dreams
I was heading for the slammer, I was planting all the seed for them to bury me
I had my whole family mad at me
Feel deep in love with the game and it married me
Judge said, “I’ll give you a chance, just don’t embarrass me”
Motivating these little niggas is like a charity
Community service even though they knew we was working
They did this to me on purpose, ’cause I ain’t moving too perfect
I stay away from them clowns, watch how I move through the surface
Cause they be weighing you down, even some of them dudes in your circle

[Chorus: Miguel]
It was designed for us to fail
Still prevail through the hell
Though it was designed for us to lose
Nothing, nothing, nothing’s impossible
Believe it, we’re still undefeated

[Verse 3: Meek Mill]
How can I pledge allegiance to the flag
When they killing all our sons all our dads?
I come from a place
When you kill your own brother you can brag
Like he got bodies, but that’s a fad, no, that’s a fact
I’m screaming out at your corner, nigga, that’s a trap
Screaming out, that’s your homie, nigga, that’s a rack
Catch a case with him, bet he crack
Odds against you and they double stack stay woke
Bought my mama a new crib, that’s some gangster sh*t
Niece and nephews walking around wearing minks and sh*t
Keep the hood motivated, this the thanks I get
Try to Ja Rule the kid on some Wanksta sh*t
But that’s impossible ’cause I’m unstoppable
The label can’t drop me, nigga, I’m too valuable
You thought I would lose but I won and that bothered you
Still move around in Philly just like the mobsters do
When I talked to Em and Hov, they said, “I’m proud of you
You stood tall when everyone doubted you”
My reply is, “I do what I gotta do
And I need that verse before you retire too”
Jumping all the obstacles, I’m way too wavy
Said I would lose but you way too crazy
Pick and choose either fame or the money fame will make you crazy
And the money will make them bad bitches say, “Thank you, baby”
You’re welcome

Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop

[Intro]
Break em off some
Yeah

[Verse 1]
Good cop, good cop fuckin’ wit that bad cop
What’cha doing boy? Turn in that blood clot
Buck shots they fly through drug spot
Robots can give a damn who the fuck shot
Clean cop, clean cop fuckin wit that dirty cop
Don’t act like yo ass never heard of that
Clean cop, clean cop fuckin wit that mean cop
Still trying act pride peacock
You know that mean cop might need detox
Mothafucka tried to blow me out me Rebox
But I swing like Jack and Bean stalk
Chop’em down when these bitches try to lock’em down
Hit the ground hit the turf
Warp the earth
Cube a kidnap your mind, Patty Herst
Bust a verse that a make yo ass hit reverse
Kill the curse that was placed on the universe
West Coast War Lord blacker then the Black Knight
Fuck a black & white when they ain’t actin’ right
Good cop, good cop filling out your report
Bad cop asking you to distort
Bad cop asking you to lie in court
Send another young brother up north
Send another young Sista off course
While them mothafuckas chill on the golf course

[Chorus]
Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop
Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop

[Verse 2]
Lazy cop fuckin wit that crazy Cop
Always bragging – bout the new case he got
Do or die cop with the suicide cop
Tell the truth cop wit that – "you a lie, cop!"
Are you fuckin high cop? Don’t even try cop
Ain’t no mothafucka drugs up in my spot
All you find in my closet is the high top
And my mothafuckin tickets to the skybox
Hold up nigga, I’m a rider
You a roller yep thee controller
Make me mad that’s when I get swole up
The Incredible Hulk is bipolar
Come out the cuffs knock off the rust
Throw my hands up you still wanna bust
The Trojan horse is full of excessive force
When they try to get aggressive nigga off the porch

[Hook]
Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop
Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop

[Verse 3]
Good cop, good cop, where is your dignity?
Where’s your empathy?
Where is your sympathy?
Bad cop, where’s your humanity?
Good cop, is that just a fantasy?
Hell on that nigga, snitch on that bitch
Truth be told, mothafuck the blue code
Fuck the po-po actin’ like Deebo
Already know Craig let the brick go
Black Lives Matter is not chit chatter
Cause all they wanna do, is scatter brain matter
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
A nine is terrible in your face
The mase has a terrible fuckin’ taste
The pen is a terrible fuckin’ place
The kings all hate the fuckin’ ace
The judge sabotaged my fuckin’ case
Racist motherfucker

[Outro]
Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop

Good cop bad cop – Ice Cube lyrics

Lyrics Ice Cube – Good cop bad cop

Good cop, good cop f*ckin’ wit that bad cop
What’cha doing boy? Turn in that blood clot
Buck shots they fly through drug spot
Robots can give a damn who the f*ck shot
Clean cop, clean cop f*ckin wit that dirty cop
Don’t act like yo a*s never heard of that
Clean cop, clean cop f*ckin wit that mean cop
Still trying act pride peacock
You know that mean cop might need detox
Mothaf*cka tried to blow me out me Rebox
But I swing like Jack and Bean stalk
Chop’em down when these b*tches try to lock’em down
Hit the ground hit the turf
Warp the earth
Cube a kidnap your mind, Patty Herst
Bust a verse that a make yo a*s hit reverse
Kill the curse that was placed on the universe
West Coast War Lord blacker then the Black Knight
f*ck a black & white when they ain’t actin’ right
Good cop, good cop filling out your report
Bad cop asking you to distort
Bad cop asking you to lie in court
Send another young brother up north
Send another young Sista off course
While them mothaf*ckas chill on the golf course.

Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop. (x2)

Lazy cop f*ckin wit that crazy Cop
Always bragging – bout the new case he got
Do or die cop with the suicide cop
Tell the truth cop wit that – “you a lie, cop!”
Are you f*ckin high cop? Don’t even try cop
Ain’t no mothaf*cka drugs up in my spot
All you find in my closet is the high top
And my mothaf*ckin tickets to the skybox
Hold up nigga, I’m a rider versuri-lyrics.info
You a roller yep thee controller
Make me mad that’s when I get swole up
The Incredible Hulk is bipolar
Come out the cuffs knock off the rust
Throw my hands up you still wanna bust
The Trojan horse is full of excessive force
When they try to get aggressive nigga off the porch.

Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black cop. (x2)

Good cop, good cop, where is your dignity?
Where’s your empathy?
Where is your sympathy?
Bad cop, where’s your humanity?
Good cop, is that just a fantasy?
Hell on that nigga, snitch on that b*tch
Truth be told, mothaf*ck the blue code
f*ck the po-po actin’ like Deebo
Already know Craig let the brick go
Black Lives Matter is not chit chatter
Cause all they wanna do, is scatter brain matter
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
A nine is terrible in your face
The mase has a terrible f*ckin’ taste
The pen is a terrible f*ckin’ place
The kings all hate the f*ckin’ ace
The judge sabotaged my f*ckin’ case
Racist motherf*cker.

Black police showin’ out for the white cop
White police showin’ out for the black coppp.
Ice Cube lyrics
Video cop