TENNIS - AUS OPEN
— Lauren Perdue Britt (@LoPerdue) September 14, 2020
However, Naomi had already begun her response to such criticism with her strong support for the Black Lives Matter movement. She wore a mask representing and honoring seven different Black Americans during each of her seven rounds of the U.S. Open.
She also posted a tweet with a bold message:
All the people that were telling me to “keep politics out of sports”, (which it wasn’t political at all), really inspired me to win. You better believe I’m gonna try to be on your tv for as long as possible.— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) September 15, 2020