Naomi Osaka will represent Japan -- not US -- at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka: World number three to give up US citizenship to represent Japan at Olympics

Naomi Osaka to choose Japan nationality for Tokyo Olympics

Two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka turns that age on 16 October.

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

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".

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Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father but raised in the USA, told NHK World in an interview that she began the process of becoming a Japanese citizen.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday. At 22 years old, Japanese law obliges dual-nationality citizens to choose one. "I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional".

In August, Osaka was eliminated in US Open in the Round of 16, a disappointing result that knocked her from the No. 1 ranking down to No. 4.

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Osaka has competed under the Japanese flag on the WTA Tour and has represented that country in the Fed Cup dating back to 2017.

Osaka rose to prominence past year after she managed to beat US tennis legend Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open.

Osaka notched a historic U.S. Open win against Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, which made her the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam title.

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