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Naomi Osaka Dismisses Comedians ‘Bleach’ Comment With Own Joke

The former world No.1 has poked fun at two comedians after they made a racist comment about the tennis star.

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Naomi Osaka (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Two-time grand slam champion has reacted to a controversial joke made about the colour of her skin by poking fun at the comment.

 

Japanese comic duo Murakami Ai and Kanou Aiko, who go by the name of A Masso, were forced to issue an apology last week after joking about the tennis star at an event in Tokyo. Performing their live show, the comedians asked ‘what does Naomi Osaka need to do?’ Prompting a controversial reply from Aiko, who took a swipe at Osaka’s skin colour. She is half-Japanese and half-Haitian.

“Bleach. Because she is a person that has too much of a tan.” Aiko said.

The fallout from the comments prompted an apology to be issued by Watanabe Entertainment two days after. In a press release the entertainment conglomerate said they will be seeking expert advice to ensure that such an incident doesn’t happen again.

“In regards to where a specific person’s name was given and a statement that did not consider the diversity, everyone from the Memories A Team, customers who watched the live event, we would like to apologize to all of those who felt uncomfortable about this matter and to all of those who were concerned and felt a great deal of inconvenience.” A statement reads.

Responding to the incident for the first time, the 21-year-old doesn’t appear to be too disturbed by the incident. In fact, Osaka decided to make her own joke about the situation on Twitter. Saying she never gets sunburnt thanks to Shiseido Anessa. A company she has been a brand ambassador for since the end of 2018.

https://twitter.com/Naomi_Osaka_/status/1178236245748502528

The world No.4 is currently playing in the China Open. She opened up her campaign on Sunday with a straight-sets win over Jessica Pegula. She is currently on a five-match winning streak after claiming the Japan Open title. Her first WTA trophy of any sort since the Australian Open in January.

“It hasn’t really changed anything. I’ve always played well in Tokyo. I’ve always been kind of vocal that I’ve wanted to win it. That’s just one of the accomplishments that I wanted to do.” Osaka explained following her win over Pegula.
“I’m kind of just taking it step by step from there.” She added.

Osaka will play Andrea Petkovic in the second round on Monday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini join impressive line-up at Mouratoglou’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Last year’s ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and 2019 US Open champion Matteo Berrettini are the latest addition to the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, the tennis exhibition tournament organized by Patrick Mouratoglou in his Academy in Southern France.

 

“I like this approach. It’s a different concept. It looks very fresh and modernised. I like when there is a technical evolution, not just in tennis”, said Tsitsipas to Alizé Lim in Major Talk.

The line-up features an impressive line-up that includes Felix Auger Aliassime, David Goffin, Alexei Popiryn, Lucas Pouille, Dustin Brown, Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire. Mouratoglou will announce the 10th player soon. UTS organizers promised that the remaining player to take part in this tournament would be a top 10 player.

The tournament will start on 13th June and will take place during the weekends. It will consist of 50 matches in a round-robin format.

“I am looking forward to connecting with my fans virtually and taking part in this new experience. From 13th June live tennis returns. Like never before”, posted Tsitsipas on his twitter account.

 No fans will be in attendance, but Mouratoglou has spoken of his desire to have technology aid in fan interaction.

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All 1000 tickets for the Adria Tour are sold out

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All 1000 tickets for the charity sports event “Adria Tour” have been sold in record seven minutes. The tournament will feature three top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev.

 

The tournament organised by Novak Djokovic will make its debut from 12 to 14 June. The exhibition tournament will also feature three legs in Zadar (20-21 June), Montenegro (27-28 June) and Banja Luka (3-4 July) and an exhibition match between Novak Djokovic and Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo on 5 July.

According to the company Ticket Vision, which was officially selling the tickets on their website and at box offices, the public interest for the tournament, which will be held in Belgrade from 12th JUne to 14th June in Belgrade, was incredible. For all those, who did not manage to get the tickets, we have good news, we have decided to release another 1000 tickets on Friday, while respecting the recommended measures of safety and appropriate social distance of at least one metre between spectators.

Organizers also announced that they would release another 1000 tickets for the two days and follow recommended measures of safety and appropriate social distance of at least one metre between spectators.

According to local press, Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic said that organizers are planning to have 4500 fans. Ivanisevic is helpiing organize the tournament in Zadar (Croatia). Croatian players Marin Cilic and Borna Coric will also play in the Adria Cup.

“The tournament will be played on clay. We were ready for hard court, but Djokovic’s team still decided for clay. We are waiting for the final confirmation of the number of fans that will be allowed to us. It will be a stadium for nine thousand people that will be installed this week. I hope that it will allow us half of that capacity for the audience to see the best players in the world. This is a great opportunity to show Zadar and Croatia in a beautiful light, as a corona-free country and invite tourists. Zadar proved to be not only a basketball city but also a tennis city with those Davis Cup matches that it organized incredibly. I have no doubt that this organization will go well and that all our guests and tennis players, who come from outside will extremely satisfied”, said Ivanisevic.

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Riccardo Piatti: “I have already spoke with Carlos Moya. I would like Jannik Sinner to train with Rafael Nadal”

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Riccardo Piatti said in a recent interview to Italian website Sportface that he would like Jannik Sinner to train with 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at his Tennis Academy in Manacor. Piatti, who worked with Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic and Maria Sharapova in the past, has already contacted Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.

 

Sinner has already practiced with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexei Popyrin. The 18-year-old Italian player qualified for his first Grand Slam Main Draw last August at the US Open before becoming the youngest male player in five years to reach the semifinal of an ATP tournament in Antwerp. Last November the Italian teenager beat Alex De Minaur in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

“I take Jannik from time to time with Popyrin and Tsitsipas. Now Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka will be also arriving in Monte-Carlo. I already spoke to Carlos Moya because I want to take him to Monte-Carlo. Since there are no tournaments, I try to simulate training matches with some of the best players on the circuit, so that he learns things and manages to adapt to his style of play. He can learn by playing against better players than him. Jannik had a lot of time to work physically. In the field, we worked on the service to increase the rotation of the shoulders. He must have all the rotations and all angles. He has started to become a service player, not always pulling hard, but choosing the are well”, said Piatti.

Piatti thinks that this phase in Sinner’s career will continue for three years.

“Jannik was used to play three days a week before he was 14 years old. He still in a maturity phase that will last apparently three years. He has a lot of tennis to play. He has an enormous capacity to vary the rhythm with the reverse, in addition, of having a volley that is technically very good. Obviously he has many good things and he has other bad ones, and is very frustrated in games when things do not go as he would like. That menatlity will change with the passing of the years, but we can say that  Sinner is on the right track to do great things in this sport”

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