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Naomi Osaka Bio And Facts

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Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka was born October 16, 1997, to a Japanese mother and Haitian father. Born in Japan, she moved at a young age to New York with her family. Naomi Osaka was homeschooled throughout high school, and the Osaka family moved to Florida where she continued training tennis. Her professional career officially began in 2013, representing Japan. In 2016, she was recognized as the WTA Newcomer of the Year. As of 2020, she holds the title of the number one women's tennis player and is the highest-earning athlete, with 37.4 million earnings in the past year. Osaka was able to make a big mark when she beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open Finals at 19 years old. This made her the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam.

  • Birthdate: October 16, 1997 (16-10-1997)
  • Education: Homeschool, Broward Virtual School
  • Net Worth: $37 million
  • Occupation: Professional Women's Tennis Player
  • Height: 5'11" (1.803 m)
  • Weight: 142 lbs (64 kg)
  • Position: Women's tennis singles
  • Years Active: 7 years
  • Career Wins: 222 wins
  • Career Losses: 133 losses
  • Nicknames: Naomi Chan
  • Teams: Japan

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Tennis Career

Naomi Osaka first played tennis at home when she was 3 years old. After training and attending tennis academies in Florida, Osaka went pro in 2013. Naomi Osaka represents Japan in her professional tennis career, for her Japanese citizenship and culture from her mother.

Osaka is best known for her powerful serve. In the 2016 U.S. Open, Osaka's serve reached a record-breaking speed, 125 mph. There are only nine other women tennis players to reach speeds that fast in their serve. Following that, in 2016, Osaka was recognized as the Newcomer of the Year by the WTA.

While she is primarily a women's singles-player, she has played doubles with her older sister, Mari Osaka. She has idolized Serena Williams all of her life and left everyone in the crowd surprised and proud when she defeated Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open at only 19 years old. She is still currently recognized as the best women tennis player in the world and is still actively competing professionally.

Titles and Awards

Naomi Osaka has set records for young women playing professional tennis. Representing Japan, she has made a mark for the country, being the best Japanese tennis player professionally. Currently, she has 222 singles matches won in her career, which started 7 years ago and continues today. Career-wise, she is the number one women tennis player in the WTA as of 2020.

  • 2016: Naomi Osaka was awarded the title of WTA Newcomer of the Year
  • 2018: Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open, being the first Japanese women player to win a Grand Slam title
  • 2018: Naomi Osaka won the Indian Wells title and was recognized as the fourth-best women tennis player in the world
  • 2019: Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open and was recognized at the number one women tennis player in the world
  • 2020: Naomi Osaka is the highest-earning female athlete in the world

Personal Life

Naomi Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan on October 16th, 1997. Osaka was three years old when the family moved to the United States to Long Island, New York. She is of Japanese and Haitian descent, with Japanese citizenship leading her to represent Japan in her tennis career.

Osaka's father was inspired by the Williams sisters and took it upon himself to teach Naomi and her older sister, Mari, tennis. In 2006, the family moved to Florida to focus on the tennis practice of the daughters at the ISP Academy. Osaka currently lives in Beverly Hills, California and keeps her personal life private from the media.

Fun Facts

  • Naomi Osaka is of Japanese and Haitian descent
  • Naomi Osaka was only 20 years old when she won the U.S. Open
  • Naomi Osaka was coached by her father, Leonard Francois
  • Naomi's double partner is her older sister, Mari Osaka
  • The Office is Naomi Osaka's favorite TV show
  • Naomi Osaka is the first Asian player in history to be ranked number one in the world
  • Osaka's tennis career was influenced by the Williams sisters and their tennis success
  • Naomi Osaka is shy in interviews and winning speeches
  • Her U.S. Open Finale against Serena Williams was one of the most controversial and talked about match of the year
  • Naomi Osaka is fluent in Japanese and English

FAQ

How fast is Naomi Osaka's serve?

Naomi Osaka has one of the fastest serves in the WTA. She is known for her serve with a record high speed of 125 mph. While her serve is fast, her build does not give off the impression of the speed. Osaka is calm and has a powerful forearm. Osaka is close to the record speed of 131 mph which Sabine Lisicki holds in the WTA.

Is Naomi Osaka the youngest tennis player in the WTA?

Naomi Osaka is currently not the youngest tennis player in the WTA. She is amongst the Top 100 youngest players under 25. Currently, Osaka is 22 years old and has been competitively playing since 15. She is one of the youngest players to win the U.S. Open and be ranked as the number one tennis player in the WTA.

Who is Naomi Osaka's sister?

Naomi Osaka has an older sister named Mari Osaka. Mari was born on April 3, 1996. Mari Osaka also plays professional tennis and often plays doubles with Naomi Osaka. The two have been coached by their father from a young age and are both inspired to be just like the Williams sisters. Mari Osaka is not as high ranked as Naomi and does not play as many matches as her.

Where does Naomi Osaka live?

Naomi Osaka was originally born in Osaka, Japan. The Osaka family migrated to New York when she was three years old. The Osakas then later moved to Florida to pursue tennis. Naomi Osaka played at the ISP Academy. Currently, Naomi Osaka resides in Beverly Hills, California. She has Japanese citizenship, which by law made her have to surrender her United States citizenship to be able to continue playing tennis for Japan.