US Open champion Naomi Osaka got her latest high-profile media moment this week, as she graced the cover of TIME magazine.
WTA Staff
January 11, 2019

US Open champion Naomi Osaka got her latest high-profile media moment this week.

The Japanese No.1 will grace the cover of the Jan. 21 issue of TIME magazine, which features a lengthy profile of the 20-year-old from an interview conducted in the December offseason.

The article, written by TIME's Sean Gregory, traces Osaka's much-publicized roots, tennis development and rise to stardom as US Open champion.

Born to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, the article recounts her youth on Long Island in New York, as well as her family's later settlement in Florida - and ultimately, how all that affected her road to a professional tennis career. 

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The profile also features insight from Osaka's father, Leonard, and sister, Mari, on what's changed for the 20-year-old - and what hasn't - since her shocking triumph in New York last summer. 

"Once she puts her focus on something, she never strays from it," said Mari. "It gets to the point where it’s almost ridiculous."

Currently sitting at a career-high World No.4 ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2019 at the Australian Open, Osaka's return to the major stage Down Under will no doubt draw more media interest from around the world over the fortnight. 

Despite the heights she's already reached, however, Osaka remains committed to keeping her feet on the ground.

"You really never know what people can do," she said. "And how people can change. I don’t think there is ever going to be another Serena Williams. I think I’m going to be me. And I hope people are okay with that."

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