Watch Naomi Osaka flip the script when asked about the message she wants to send with her face masks

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan walks in wearing a mask with the name Elijah McClain on it before her Women’s Singles second round match against  Camila Giorgi of Italy on Day Three of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. McClain died in a hospital after being placed in a carotid hold by police and injected with ketamine by paramedics in Aurora, Colorado on August 30, 2019. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Since protests for justice and against police brutality have taken place across the nation (and in many places, continue), we have seen a number of individual athletes and sports teams take a stand. In fact, we’ve seen entire leagues take a stand. One powerhouse who hasn’t gotten nearly enough media coverage is tennis player Naomi Osaka. Osaka won the 2020 U.S. Open on Saturday and earned her third Grand Slam title. While her athleticism is clearly incredible, one post-win interviewer asked her about the seven face masks she’d worn in tournaments over the last two weeks in support of Black Lives Matter and racial justice. The champion’s answer is a must-watch.

As some background before the clip, each mask bears a different name. The names include Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, and Philando Castile. In her first match, Osaka wore a mask bearing Taylor’s name, and according to The Washington Post, afterward, explained, “I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story.” She said her goal is to spread awareness, adding, “I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interested they’ll become in it.”

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