17 August 2021

Naomi Osaka to donate prize earnings to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, will play in the Western and Southern Open, which has a $255,220 prize

Naomi Osaka is once again using her social media presence and platform to help create change and put the most dire situations in the forefront. The devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday (14) resulted in immense damage to the impoverished country and killed at least 304 people. 

Osaka quickly took notice and action by announcing that her entire prize money at this week's upcoming Western & Southern Open will go directly towards relief efforts.

The world No. 2 who holds a Japanese flag beside her name in the WTA rankings is also half Haitian. Her father Leonard Francois is from the island country.

Playing in her first event since falling short of claiming a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, she is seeded No. 2 and received a bye into the second round. 

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