Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask at US Open: ‘Things have to change’

Naomi Osaka of Japan talks in a post-match interview after her Women’s Singles fourth-round match 2020 US Open win against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tennis star Naomi Osaka rolled into the U.S. Open quarterfinals by beating Anett Kontaveit, but it was the mask Osaka wore entering Flushing Meadows that made news on Sunday. 

Osaka wore a mask noting the name of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who, in 2012, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

The 22-year-old Osaka has worn a different mask for every one of her matches during the 2020 U.S. Open. She has so far donned masks bearing the names of Breonna TaylorElijah McClainAhmaud Arbery and, most recently, Martin to show her support for the social justice movement Black Lives Matter. 

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