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Naomi Osaka calls attention to the death of Elijah McClain after US Open win

September 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka took time after a win on Wednesday to call attention to the death of Elijah McClain while wearing a mask with his name on it.

(CNN)Tennis star Naomi Osaka took time after a win on Wednesday to call attention to the death of Elijah McClain while wearing a mask with his name on it.

For me, today was very special in the way that I wanted to represent him very well," Osaka said.

A struggle ensued and McClain was placed in a carotid hold, the Adams County District Attorney said, after a police report said he resisted arrest.

"For me, I think when I heard about (McClain's) story it was very hurtful," Osaka said.

"No one can really paint the narrative that he was a bad guy because they had so many stories and so many warmhearted things to say about him," she said.

Osaka asked international viewers to Google McClain's name and learn about what happened in Aurora, Colorado, and what she says continues to happen all over the world.

In her first round match on Monday, Osaka wore a mask with Breonna Taylor's name.

Following the win, Osaka said she has seven different masks, telling ESPN that day, "It's quite sad that seven masks isn't enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I'll get to the finals and you can see all of them. "

Osaka's 6-1, 6-2 win on Wednesday against Camila Giorgi was followed by both her powerful moment of advocacy and a tender moment with her mother.

Osaka's mother held up a sign of emojis as a message to her daughter.

Though she couldn't see them at the time, Osaka later translated the images.

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