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Do you follow tennis? What is your reaction to Naomi Osaka’s recent win — and her use of masks to honor Black victims of violence?

Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in the United States Open final in three sets to earn her third Grand Slam tournament victory. Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in the United States Open final in three sets to earn her third Grand Slam tournament victory.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

By The Learning Network

  • Sept. 15, 2020, 3:00 a.m. ET

If you follow tennis, you know that Naomi Osaka, 22, won the U.S. Open title this weekend. But, The Times writes, “she took on not only some of the toughest tennis players in the world but some of the thorniest social issues, as well.”

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She handled the pressure on both fronts and returned to the fore in women’s tennis with Saturday’s gritty 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. She wore seven masks with different names for each of her matches to honor Black victims of violence. She said it motivated her — “I wanted more people to say more names” — and she walked on court Saturday with a mask bearing the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Cleveland by a white police officer in 2014.

“The point is to make people start talking,” Osaka said at the award ceremony.

What is your reaction? What do you think of Ms. Osaka’s win? Her campaign for racial justice? Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more.

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