Taking a stand in opposition to racial injustice has boosted Naomi Osaka’s motivation and power going into this 12 months’s U.S. Open, her coach Wim Fissette mentioned on Monday. Former world primary Osaka has walked onto court docket carrying a special masks devoted to a Black American who has suffered racial injustice within the United States in every of her matches at Flushing Meadows this 12 months.
Osaka withdrew from her semi-final on the Western & Southern Open following the police capturing of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin however later modified her thoughts after tennis governing our bodies paused the match for a day as a present of assist.
“It’s definitely helping her and giving her even more energy,” Belgian Fissette, who began working with Osaka on the finish of 2019, instructed reporters.
“She always has the motivation. Of course she wants to go really far in this Grand Slam, and obviously she wants to win it. But this is like an extra motivation.
“It’s a very important topic for her. She did unbelievable big thing during the Cincinnati tournament. We support her there because we know how important it is.”
Two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, who moved to the United States from Japan as a three-year-old, will meet Shelby Rogers on Tuesday for a spot within the final 4.
Fissette, who has additionally labored with main winners Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber, mentioned the significance of successful was not misplaced on Osaka.
“For sure with wearing the masks, she wants to be a role model, but also she knows that it has to go together with the role model on court,” he mentioned.
“So it’s a good combination. Role model off court; also great attitude on court. So far it’s working really well. So I’m very proud of her.”