By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open and 2021 Australian Open champion, is the No. 3 seed at Flushing Meadows and will defend her title in a night match on Monday’s opening day of the tourney. Osaka also won the Open in 2018, but has had a difficult […]Read more "Osaka reflects on media frenzy, prepares for U.S. Open"
CASEY MARTIN 2005- NAOMI OSAKA 2021 DISABLED ATHLETES STILL BATTLEBy Gary Norris Gray May 30, 2021 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open because she had issues with her mental health and with being forced to do interviews after matches. The signs of distress were all there, years ago but the sports world ignored them. […]Read more "MARTIN-2005-OSAKA-2021"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — The cream usually rises to the top. And it did Saturday at Flushing Meadows. Naomi Osaka overcame a blistering start by Victoria Azarenka to defeat the 2-time Grand Slam champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Not since 1995 had a US Open Champion come back from an opening set deficit. It was […]Read more "Another title for Osaka"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Many have circled Saturday’s match since the draw was announced more than a week ago. It seemed inevitable, but it is really happening. It’s Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka Saturday at 7 pm on ESPN2 at The US Open. Tickets are going for $600 and up for […]Read more "Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka: A Moment In Time"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter Racism has come full force around the world as the Australian Press Council ruled that the U.S. Open Finals cartoon was o.k. It was ok to make Serena Williams look like an oversized kid stomping on the ground having a childlike fit. It was o.k. to make Williams twice […]Read more "SPORTS, RACE, AND BLACK ATHLETES"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter The United States of America has had an issue with race ever since its beginning in the late 1600’s when Blacks were considered as property and or slaves, Native-Americans were savages, Asians and Latinos just did not count. This country has had some radical racial swings from right wing […]Read more "AMERICA IS IN A RACIAL QUANDARY — AGAIN"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Did anyone in the building not expect a Serena Williams-Madison Keys U.S. Open final? Probably not too many. Well, an interloper has changed the dynamic completely. And she idolizes Serena. Her name is Naomi Osaka from Japan. The 20-year-old, ranked no. 19 in the world and moving […]Read more "It’s Osaka vs. Williams in the Open final"