Naomi Osaka has worn another mask with a murdered Black person’s name to the third round of the 2020 US Open.
The 22-year-old tennis superstar showed her support for the victims of police violence with a third mask with Ahmaud Arbery‘s name on it.
“This did not have to happen, none of these deaths had to happen,” Naomi shared with reporters after her winning match against Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk. “I just want everyone to know the names more.”
Earlier in the week, Naomi also wore masks with Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain‘s names on them, and she has four more – one for every stage of competition until the finals.
“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” Naomi previously shared with press, adding that she’s “aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story. Maybe they’ll, like, Google it or something.”
“For me, (it’s about) just spreading awareness. I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.”
Just last week, Naomi made the announcement that she wouldn’t be playing in the 2020 Western & Southern Open after another Black man, Jacob Blake, was targeted and shot in the back by law enforcement. Just hours later, it was announced that the event was pausing games.
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