It may not have been the award they originally wanted when the US Open began, but Naomi Osaka and Diego Schwartzman have earned some hardware for their hard work with the US Open Sportsmanship Awards.
As the name suggests, the honor is given to the ATP and WTA players who best exemplify sportsmanship during the US Open Series through the final Grand Slam of the year. Each winner receives a trophy and a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choice.
Naomi Osaka, the defending US Open champion who lost in the round of 16 to Belinda Bencic in straight sets, was very excited to donate her earnings to the Red Cross to help the Bahamas find relief from Hurricane Dorian.
Thanks @usopen and congrats also @dieschwartzman. I’m giving my donation to @redcross to help relief efforts in the Bahamas. Please do what you can at https://t.co/hL0cI75YDh. Special thanks to my partner @mastercard for matching my donation ???? #StartSomethingPriceless https://t.co/XASGmQs84k— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) September 10, 2019
Schwartzman, who lost in the quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal, shared the Japanese player's sentiments.
Bravo Naomi. Really nice for me to share this reward with u. https://t.co/ztlAAgtDK1— diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) September 11, 2019
Osaka is set to play in front of her home crowd in Tokyo next week while Schwartzman will not be back on court until Beijing at the end of the month.