Naomi Osaka has hit into internet trolls as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement becomes a major tennis talking point.
The double grand Slam champion of Japanese-Haitian origins, is carrying the anti-racism fight to her social media, with the 22-year-old coming out against police violence after the George Floyd, death in Minneapolis which has sparked worldwide protests.
With tennis shut down until at least August 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Osaka is taking advantage of her time to react online.
“I’m vocal because I believe in the movement and want to try to use my platform to facilitate change,” she told Reuters. George Floyd’s murder and the situation generally in America has had a big impact on me.
“Being silent is never the answer. Everyone should have a voice in the matter and use it.”
Osaka, who has conspicuously shunned the limelight after winning US and Australian Open titles in 2018-2019, is finding her voice in the lockdown.,
“I probably shouldn’t read all the trolling but it’s hard to avoid,” she said.
“Using humour is definitely one mechanism to expose these people … Calling them out for their ignorance and racism is also worthwhile sometimes.”
The Florida-based No. 10 added: “I’m more sad for them than myself – to be so hateful and ignorant can’t be an easy way to live life.”