Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice

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A deeply reported, revealing biography of tennis phenomenon and activist Naomi Osaka, telling the untold story behind her Grand Slam-winning career, her headline-making advocacy for racial justice and mental health, and the challenges of a life in the international spotlight

Naomi Osaka is everywhere, but how did she get there?

Most tennis fans were introduced to Naomi Osaka as they watched her win the 2018 US Open final in an unforgettably controversial and dramatic victory over her idol, Serena Williams. Since then, Osaka has galvanized the tennis world--and gained attention across the culture--not only by winning three more Grand Slams, but by finding her voice.

Her extraordinary talent and unique blend of power and vulnerability have propelled her to the top of her sport and onto the front page of newspapers and magazines worldwide. She became the highest-paid female athlete in history and one of the most discussed, at the cultural crossroads on myriad social issues.

But until now, the story of the Haitian Japanese American Osaka family's journey across the world to follow their tennis dreams--and how their youngest daughter found her power off the court--has remained little known. It is a story unlike any other, and Ben Rothenberg's biography not only shows where Osaka came from but also where she's going as she returns to competitive tennis after a year on maternity leave. Through a riveting exploration of the ways Osaka has changed the game on and off the court, Rothenberg details the incredible impact Osaka has had in the arenas of sports, media, business, social justice, and mental health.

Author: Ben Rothenberg
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Dutton
Published: 01/09/2024
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780593472439

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2023 pg. 17
Publishers Weekly 10/30/2023

About the Author
Ben Rothenberg is a sportswriter from Washington, DC. He has covered Naomi Osaka around the world since she emerged onto the WTA Tour in 2014, both in print for The New York Times and on his podcast, No Challenges Remaining. His work has focused on the intersections of social and cultural issues in tennis. He is a senior editor for Racquet magazine, and has appeared frequently as a tennis expert on international networks such as CNN, the BBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. With an eye for finding stories and dogged determination as a reporter, Rothenberg has become by many metrics the world's leading tennis journalist, including on Twitter, where he has more than 130,000 followers.

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