Naomi Osaka to donate prize to Haiti earthquake relief efforts

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Osaka is seeded second at the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open, which runs August 14-22.
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Osaka is seeded second at the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open, which runs August 14-22.

Naomi Osaka has pledged to donate her earnings from next week’s Western and Southern Open to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, the Caribbean nation her father is from. .

The four-time Grand Slam champion announced her pledge in response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the impoverished country on Saturday, killing at least 304 people and injuring hundreds.

“It really hurts to see all the devastation that is going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t take a break,” Osaka said on Twitter.

“I am about to play a tournament this week and I will give the full cash prize to the relief efforts for Haiti. I know that the blood of our ancestors is strong, we will continue to increase.

World number two Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and who performs under the Japanese flag, used her platform to draw attention to the causes close to her heart.

She wore masks at last year’s US Open with the names of victims of police violence on them.

Osaka is ranked second at the Cincinnati tournament, which runs August 14-22.

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