Before that, she produced an essay for Esquire after protesting for peace and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Minneapolis, in the wake of George Floyd's killing by police. Before turning 23 in October, Osaka had fine-tuned how to use myriad magazine-cover opportunities for furthering ideas on unity and celebration of differences.
Leave it to the hafu girl born in Japan, with Haitian heritage and an American upbringing. As Bergeron's Times piece reveals at length, that timid 20-year-old from 2018's Indian Wells winner's speech is gone.
When ESPN's Tom Rinaldi asked her courtside, after her US Open title-match victory, what her seven-masks-for-seven-deaths statements were to mean, Osaka's response was the surest winner she delivered in New York.