Photo: Twitter/@naomiosaka

Naomi Osaka’s first wave of charity face masks sell out, but she promises more for everyone

By Katy Kelly, SoraNews24

Naomi Osaka is a firmly established name in the world of tennis, with her 2018 victory at the U.S. Open against Serena Williams catapulting her into the spotlight and immediately sparking all manner of debate about nationality and the Japanese definition of race.

Despite her dramatic arrival on the scene, Osaka has demonstrated herself again and again to be not just a great tennis player, but a conscientious one: she’s used her platform on multiple occasions to support charitable causes and lend awareness to injustices.

So Osaka’s fans were excited to learn that she and her older sister, Mari, had teamed up to design a cloth mask. Proceeds from mask sales would go towards UNICEF to aid COVID-19 relief, while the mask itself has an adorable, dewy-eyed panda-face design that will keep you cheery and limit your risk of spreading any viruses to other people.

The idea was popular. So popular, in fact, that the masks sold out in an instant.

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The masks were sold through the online vendor Print Rock, a Japanese website. While the store did provide information and history about the mask in English, it came after the Japanese text, meaning many fans clicked the link and were too overwhelmed with kanji to attempt ordering their own mask. Osaka’s follow-up tweet above reassures her English-speaking fanbase that the next release of the masks will cater to international fans (or, in Osaka’s own words, “everyone outside Japan”).

The Osaka sisters said they wanted to bring bright and stylish designs to the table so that people will see wearing them as more of a fashion statement than a political one… though Osaka herself is no stranger to political statements, of course.

Source: Twitter/@naomiosakaPrint Rock Merch

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Respect the effort, but make sure you don't leave yourself open to lawsuits should the masks not protect

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Good for charity but the mask actually looks depressing. Something more creative and cheerful would be more appealing!

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I'd like to see her play a match wearing one of those... perhaps something more sport focused would be really great! (Especially here in Japan - you you cant get anything other than cloth)

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".....Respect the effort, but make sure you don't leave yourself open to lawsuits should the masks not protect....."

No masks that people are commonly wearing, protect.

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