Tennis star, Naomi Osaka is set to surrender her U.S. citizenship so as to compete for Japan at her first Olympic in Tokyo.
Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but was raised in the United States.
She disclosed her plans in an interview with NKH World that she has begun processing her Japanese citizenship status.
“It’s definitely going to be very special. I think there’s no other place that I’d rather play my first Olympics,” Osaka told NHK.
“I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me.”
Under Japanese law, after Osaka turns 22 on October 16, she will be required as a dual-nationality citizen to choose one.
The tennis star came into limelight after defeating Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open, making her the first Japanese to ever win a Grand Slam title.