Naomi Osaka has added the Associated Press Female Athletes of the Year Award to SI’s 2020 Athletes Award, which was awarded in early December. Both have allowed 11 consecutive victories, including a US Open trophy hike. Second time, her third Grand Slam title, For speaking about racial injustice and police atrocities.
It was difficult to be isolated from my family for most of the year, but it’s nothing compared to others. It was sad to read the news of people suffering from COVID-19 and the economic and social implications for many, including unemployment and mental health. This year was a very tough year for many. And in the summer I was hurt to see police fraud like George Floyd, Breona Taylor and Jacob Blake (only a few). Naomi Osaka
With the closure of tennis due to the coronavirus pandemic, Osaka has become a confident and candid person with plenty of time to read and think.
“It was difficult to be isolated from my family for most of the year, but it’s nothing compared to others,” Osaka wrote in an email interview. “It was sad to read the news of people suffering from COVID-19 and the economic and social implications for many, including unemployment and mental health.
“It was a very tough year for so many people, and it hurt my heart when I saw police fraud like George Floyd, Breona Taylor, and Jacob Blake (only a few) in the summer. It was.
“I’m proud of winning the US Open, but more than that, I was able to get people to talk about the real problem.”
Osaka was selected by the Associated Press sports editor and AP beatwriter, and received 18 out of 35 votes, for a total of 71 points.
Next, WNBA Finals MVP Blair Ana Stewart scored 9 votes and 60 points, followed by Vanderbild soccer player Sarahler, who scored 1st and 24 points.
LeBron James was announced on Saturday as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
Billie Jean King, who has won 12 Grand Slam singles and has been a pioneering supporter for decades, described Osaka as “a leader in all sports, not just women’s tennis, and our society. I praised it as a “power to change”.
“She delivered excellent sports performance and used the platform to successfully complete the difficult task of achieving non-sports success on a much larger stage,” King told AP.
“She ignited a conversation about social justice. The result is bigger than tennis, bigger than sports, and in doing so harnesses the talents and talents we need to make a difference in the world. Raised the standard for all those who want to. “
Osaka, which finished third in the world, won 16 games with 3 losses during the 2020 season when the Pro Tour was suspended for about five months and the coronavirus, which was the first Wimbledon to be canceled since 1945, was cut off.
Osaka, where my father is Haiti and my mother is Japanese, was in the middle of a tune tournament tournament in New York. She declared she wouldn’t play in the semifinals and protested Blake’s police shootings with the NBA and other athletes elsewhere.
“There are obviously so many valuable issues,” she said. “This was especially sympathetic to me for my own personal development, and I was able to take a closer look at the news for the first time in my life, even while the tennis tour was paused. ..
“In the United States this summer, tensions have risen and the boiling point has been reached. It was a good time for me to speak.”
Taking her initiative, the tournament shut down completely for the day.
“Her activity sheds light on how we as individuals and as a sports league can influence us collectively,” said Steve Simon, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
“She is not only a phenomenal tennis player, but also shows that athletes have the opportunity to use their platform for games and for greater purposes than themselves.
“Her behavior is exciting and she deserves this recognition.”
During the US Open, Osaka arrives in a match wearing face masks named Floyd, Taylor, Tamir Rice, Elijah McLean, Trayvon Martin, Amado Arbury, and Philland Castile, paying attention to black victims of violence. I collected it.
“Honestly, I didn’t stop thinking about what other people think of my behavior,” Osaka recalled.
“It didn’t prevent others from doing what I knew was right in my mind.
“The strong voices of Colin (Kaepernick) and Lebron were certainly a positive influence for me and empowered my own beliefs.”
Looking to 2021, 23-year-old Osaka set the goal of “working hard, improving, speaking openly, and being kind.”
Japan, where she was born, will host the postponed Olympic Games next year.
“I’m most looking forward to being with athletes who have been waiting and trained for over a decade to celebrate the very tough year (2020). What happens in Japan makes it much more special. “Osaka said.
“It’s a special and beautiful country full of culture, history and beauty. I can’t get any more excited.”
– Tennis Sports
Osaka was selected as AP Female Athletes of the Year
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