Naomi Osaka’s great week: Fan love and an Emmy nomination

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Naomi Osaka‘s world is a pretty good place to be most of the time, most likely, but her life has probably gotten even better this week. She got shown a lot of appreciation from a couple of different venues. And to be honest, she deserved all the love she got.

Earlier this week, Naomi Osaka received an Emmy Award nomination for being an executive producer on the short documentary, “Mink!” The documentary is about the late Congressperson Patsy Mink. Mink was the first woman of color and the first Asian-American to be elected to Congress. This happened in 1965.

Osaka, like Mink, is also Asian-American and both women have a Japanese heritage. During a showing on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., Osaka also said she wouldn’t be where she is today without Mink’s helping author Title IX legislation which prohibits sex-based discrimination at a school that receives funding from the federal government.

Naomi Osaka has a very good week and she deserves it

Osaka has also hinted at a return to tennis at the beginning of 2024 as well. After taking some time off to have a child and to work on some health issues, Osaka confirmed with Vogue Magazine in a July interview that she wants to return soon. Hopefully, the four-time Grand Slam winner will get back to being a top-ten player as she is popular for a reason: She isn’t afraid to be a real person in the public eye.

And Naomi Osaka has a lot of fans. She has about 2.7 million social media followers on her accounts combined. This week she responded directly to a fan on Twitter (or X or whatever it is this week) who begged her to hurry back. Osaka playfully responded and seemed to confirm that she would be coming back to play.

Osaka hasn’t played since September 2022 and she is currently ranked 439th on the WTA tour. She will be an interesting watch to see how quickly she can climb the rankings when she returns. Lots of people will be wishing her well.

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