Women's Sport: Netflix confirms new documentary series on tennis sensation Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka will be subject of a documentary series following her journey to Tokyo 2020, Netflix has confirmed.

The series will cover Osaka’s professional career from the US Open in August last year to each of this year’s Grand Slam tournaments leading up to the Olympics in her homeland Japan. 

Viewers will also get an insight into her personal life as it promises to shed light on her multi-cultural identity. Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japenese mother, Osaka’s family emigrated to the US when she was just a child. The series will examine Osaka’s relationship with the country she represents.

The current WTA World Number 10’s development over the years is one worth watching. In 2018, Osaka became the first Asian player to top the singles ranking after winning the U.S Open – her first Grand Slam. Osaka’s success continued in 2019, where she won her second Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

In her most recent match, Osaka made an early exit in the third round of the Australian Open after being beaten by rising tennis star Coco Gauff last month.

The documentary will be presented in association with Uninterrupted, an athlete empowerment brand founded by Lebron James and Maverick Carter.

The 22-year-old said in a statement: “To be able to tell my story and let people in during this big year, working with a team that really understands me, has been a rewarding experience. It won’t look like a traditional sports documentary, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone.”

A release date is still yet to be confirmed.

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