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Osaka won’t play Western & Southern Open semifinal in stance for racial justice, tournament paused | NBC News

Osaka won’t play Western & Southern Open semifinal in stance for racial justice, tournament paused | NBC News

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“Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand … rather than watching me play tennis,” Osaka wrote.

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka said she wouldn’t play her semifinals match Thursday at the Western & Southern Open in a stance for racial justice after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Hours later, the U.S. Tennis Association said the tournament would not resume until Friday.

“As a sport, tennis is collectively taking a stance against racial inequality and social injustice that once again has been thrust to the forefront in the United States,” said a statement from the USTA, the Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women’s Tennis Association.

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“The USTA, ATP Tour, and WTA have decided to recognize this moment in time by pausing play at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, August 27. Play will resume on Friday, August 28,” the statement said.

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