One day after saying she would not take part in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, Naomi Osaka has decided she will in fact participate. She planned to opt out of the match to protest the “continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police” as players and teams around sports did the same.
Osaka’s agent says she will take part in the match, facing off against No. 14 Elise Mertens on Friday and Osaka released a statement to the Guardian.
The two-time Grand Slam champion said:
“As you know, I pulled out of the tournament yesterday in support of racial injustice and continued police violence. I was (and am) ready and prepared to concede the match to…