Earlier than every match, Osaka has donned a face masks with the identify of a special Black particular person whose demise has sparked requires racial justice.
Osaka has stated she’s utilizing her platform to unfold consciousness about social justice.
After her match Tuesday night time, Osaka appeared on ESPN’s set on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle, the place she was shocked with video messages from Martin’s mom and Arbery’s father.
Arbery, 25, was chased and fatally shot whereas jogging in Georgia in February. Martin, 17, was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 as he walked residence from a comfort retailer carrying iced tea and Skittles.
In a separate message, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, Sr., stated “God bless you for what you are doing and also you supporting our household with my son. My household actually, actually appreciates that, and God bless you.”
“It means so much,” Osaka stated after seeing the video messages. “I really feel like — I do not know. They’re so robust. I am undecided what I’d have the ability to do if I used to be of their place. I really feel like I am a vessel at this level with a view to unfold consciousness and it isn’t going to boring the ache, however hopefully I will help with something that they want.”
In a information convention later, Osaka stated the messages had been emotional and even surprising.
“Really, I used to be simply attempting actually exhausting to not cry,” Osaka stated. “It is extraordinarily touching that they’d really feel touched by what I am doing.”
She has stated she has seven masks ready to put on with seven completely different names on them.
“It is fairly unhappy that seven masks is not sufficient for the quantity of names, so hopefully I am going to get to the finals and you’ll see all of them,” she beforehand informed ESPN.
Osaka has additionally worn masks with the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and George Floyd, all of whom died by the hands of cops.
Her hope is to encourage extra individuals to do their very own analysis in regards to the deaths and racial injustice and to someway enhance the world for the following technology.
“I am undecided what the world would appear to be if every thing was peaceable, however I’d hope that folks assist one another in occasions of nice want. I’d additionally hope that the older technology is not scared to assist the youthful technology. For me, the largest factor is I do not need individuals youthful than me to undergo by means of the issues I’ve to undergo by means of,” she stated.