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Naomi osaka asked an ‘appalling’ question by rennae stubs at the US open while supporting ‘black lives matter’

Naomi osaka’s black lives matter protest at the us open.

Aussie tennis great-turned commentator Rennae Stubbs has been called out for an “appalling” question regarding Naomi Osaka’s Black Lives Matter protest at the US Open. An ESPN analyst is facing backlash for a bizarre interview with Naomi Osaka following her victory in the 2020 US Open women’s quarterfinals.

“I’ve been trying to guess what name is going to be on the mask every single day. I was wrong about today,” 49-year-old Stubbs asked on ESPN’s broadcast of the tournament on Tuesday. “Are you going to give us a foretelling of who’s going to be in the next match?”

Osaka played powerful tennis to defeat Shelby Rogers in straight sets and return to the US Open semi-finals on Tuesday.

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Fourth-seeded Osaka’s sharp serving and superior return game was on show as she accounted for unseeded American Rogers 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 20 minutes as she bids to regain the title she won in 2018.

But one of the biggest talking points to Osaka’s run is the masks she has been wearing in support of Black Lives Matter.

Osaka has worn the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin – who are all victims of police brutality – when entering or exiting the court in the last few weeks.On Wednesday, Osaka walked onto court wearing a mask bearing the name of George Floyd, the black man whose death at the hands of police sparked anti-racism protests across the world.This prompted Stubbs to tell the tennis star she was “trying to guess what name is going to be on the masks every single day” and asked for a clue on what name she would wear next.Osaka responded claiming “it was a feeling” when she chose the mask.But the question was labelled “appalling” and “insensitive” on social media.

Stubbs defends Naomi Osaka interview

But Stubbs defended her interview and claimed she “meant well” and was hoping to raise awareness.“Of course i meant well, the parents of these victims are so thankful that Naomi is doing this,” Stubbs wrote after the backlash.“We even have them on video talking about it. I think the victims would love to know we are NOT FORGETTING THIER NAMES! I would never disparage them! If u know me u would know that.”

 The US Open later showed footage of Trayvon Martin’s mother and Ahmaud Arbery’s father, two of the names she has worn on her masks, thank Osaka for her unwavering support.

 

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