Japan's Naomi Osaka poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup during a photo shoot at Government House on Sunday, the day after defeating American Jennifer Brady in the women's singles final of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne. Photo: AP/Hamish Blair
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Already a star, on court and off, Osaka eyes more

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Wow it’s amazing to me that such a positive story could bring out such negative reactions from JT readers.

Naomi Osaka is well lived everywhere, but you wouldn’t know it from the dozen or so gloomsters that lurk around here

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Definitely, like Obama, a case of hybrid vigor when two good lines meet and the mix is superior. Things look different to a biologist... Naomi! Ganbatte! And, as you so clearly know already, identity is no one's business or concern but your own.

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the Japanese media play her up like she's Japanese

Probably because she IS Japanese.

but she doesn't live in Japan and doesn't speak Japanese

Your definition of who is Japanese is narrow, and to be frank, totally irrelevant. Naomi-chan was born in Japan, has a Japanese mother, a Japanese passport, and chooses to represent Japan. She loves Japan, and is loved and looked up to by the majority of Japanese.

Enough already. I hope Naomi chan wins that Gold (or 2) in Tokyo, and keeps speaking her mind in standing up against racism and injustuce.

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Naomi Osaka is a brilliant tennis player and an exceptional role model for young people all over the world.

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Agree, she should stick to sports, not politics, not racism, though it does seem she plays her black card or her Japanese card when it's convenient for her. I don't say the Japanese people, overall, much care about her one way or the other; the Japanese media play her up like she's Japanese, but she doesn't live in Japan and doesn't speak Japanese. It's the J media that are playing her up; most Japanese, imo, don't care.

Can't stand her attitude.

I switch channels if they're interviewing her.
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Is it really necessary to have a story about this woman every day? I'm sick of hearing about her.

People like reading articles about her. I have an idea - she's famous, with lots of people who want to read what she says, you're an anonymous internet hack that no one cares what you say. Maybe you could try not reading her articles, then your stress would go down, and the people who enjoy reading her articles can keep reading them. Or, are you one of those people who thinks that just because you don't like something, no one else is allowed to either?

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Talent, discipline, ambition and fitness are important in the making of legends. Serena, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic - they keep improving. Tremendous role models for the upcoming new brigade of champions.

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kohakuebisuToday  08:11 pm JST

Well, she is in Australia and it's the weekend, so how about Bunnings for the sausage sizzle

Funny! :)

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Keep going up and up! We all love you.

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@anon: I agree with your question about GoToTravel. We are still traveling anyway every 4-5 weeks. We are having a blast and although costs are higher without those 30% reductions, we are loving it. Setting up an overnight train trip...The Sunrise because we believe in the numbers and so many people are not traveling so we are hooked.

Service is fabulous and all the hotels send us thank you emails with special discounts. Rabbit Island, Okunoshima was fabulous for three nights.

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To be the best in the world, at anything, is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations!

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Now the question is: Where does she go from here?

Well, she is in Australia and it's the weekend, so how about Bunnings for the sausage sizzle?

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“Before I am an athlete,” Osaka tweeted at the time, “I am a black woman.”

Could not Naomi Osaka, just for one moment refrain from mixing politics with tennis, stating sporting achievements account for more that political ideals       

Be a champion, leave politics to politicians.

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Is it really necessary to have a story about this woman every day? I'm sick of hearing about her.

She won the Australian Open yesterday night.

Is it so hard for you to not read the story if you don’t want to? And if it makes you sick? No one is holding a gun to your head over this, I imagine...

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Na-Chan would be happy to share the spotlight. She’s famous for it. Remember Koko Gauff?!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sportbible.com/tennis/take-a-bow-classy-naomi-osaka-invites-coco-gauff-to-do-post-match-interview-20190901.amp.html

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Is it really necessary to have a story about this woman every day? I'm sick of hearing about her.

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Wow, great shot of a beautiful young woman! Well done, time to celebrate and enjoy the victory!

It would be fantastic if Naomi-chan can win the Gold at home, and for the first time, go deep into second week of Wimbledon and Roland Garos in 2021.

We love you, Naomi-chan!!

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Congratulations, Naomi! Well done! Fighto!

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