In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide

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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, adjusts her mask after defeating Jennifer Brady, of the United States, during a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In an attempt to highlight racial injustice in the US to a wider audience, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who on Saturday defeated Victoria Azarenka to win the United States Open, wore a different face mask for each of her matches this year’s tournament.

Seven matches, seven masks, seven names.

Each carried the name of a Black American who was the victim of violence.

“The point is to make people start talking,” Osaka, 22, said at the award ceremony.

“For me, just spreading awareness,” added the champion, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese.

“I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.”

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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a protective mask due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, featuring the name “George Floyd”, while arriving on court to face Shelby Rogers, of the United States, during the quarterfinal round of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide - Vantage News Nigeria
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, adjusts her mask after defeating Jennifer Brady, of the United States, during a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide - Vantage News Nigeria
Sep 4, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan walks onto the court wearing a mask with the name of Ahmaud Arbery prior to her match against Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine (not pictured) on day five of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide - Vantage News Nigeria
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a Trayvon Martin mask before a fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, at the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide - Vantage News Nigeria
Sep 12 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan walks onto the court wearing a mask with the name of Tamir Rice prior to her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide - Vantage News Nigeria
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates after defeating Misaki Doi, of Japan, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
In Pictures: The Seven Masks Of Naomi Osaka At The US Open Provoking Emotions Worldwide - Vantage News Nigeria
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan wears a mask with the name Elijah McClain on it following her Womens Singles second round win against Camila Giorgi of Italy on Day Three of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. McClain was killed by police in Aurora, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

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