At the US Open, Naomi Osaka has stepped out for every match with a mask bearing the name of a different Black person who has been killed by the police. Ahead of the tournament, she stated that her goal was to wear seven, and she's managed to do just that by winning six matches to reach the final, where Victoria Azarenka awaits.
The families have noticed, and so has the world.
I often wonder if what I’m doing is resonating and reaching as many people as I hope. That being said, I tried to hold it in on set but after watching these back I cried so much. The strength and the character both of these parents have is beyond me. Love you both, thank you ❤️ https://t.co/FSDLtWNJDr— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) September 9, 2020
"I think the responses that meant the most to me are probably people saying thank you," she said. "And for me, I don't know, it always takes me by surprise because I don't know if I feel like I'm doing anything. But people say thank you and I'm proud of you, and for me that's something that's really touching to my heart."
Here are the names Osaka wants you to know:
She'll wear her seventh mask walking on court for the final at 4 p.m. on Saturday.