Japan’s Naomi Osaka has reversed her decision to withdraw from the WTA Western and Southern Open semi-finals, saying she will now play the match that has been rearranged for today August 28, 2020.
The two-time Grand Slam champion said in a statement that she pulled out of her last-four clash with Belgium’s Elise Mertens to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an African-American man in Wisconsin.
However, after WTA and ATP chiefs announced a suspension of play at the tournament following anger over Blake’s shooting, Osaka said she has now changed her mind.
In her statement earlier, Naomi Osaka had said she was not ready to play tennis following the Blake shooting, stressing that before she became an athlete, she was a black woman.
Her move comes after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their NBA playoff game over the shooting, forcing the league to halt Wednesday’s schedule of postseason fixtures.
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