Naomi Osaka, Tennis Icon, Will Be the Subject of a New Netflix Series
Tennis ace Naomi Osaka will be the newest subject of a sure-to-be iconic Netflix documentary series.
Netflix announced on Wednesday, February 12 that the 22-year-old groundbreaking tennis player will be the subject of a currently untitled series. The Netflix docuseries will chronicle Naomi’s attempt to defend her U.S. Open title in 2019 and will follow her throughout each of her Grand Slam tournaments this year, as well as her life outside of sports. According to Variety, the series will also show Naomi prepping to get ready to compete in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, and include her own reflections on her multicultural identity as she travels back to her native Japan; Naomi’s mother is Japanese and her father is Haitian. She was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Long Island when she was three years old.
“To be able to tell my story and let people in during this big year, working with a team that really understands me, has been a rewarding experience. It won’t look like a traditional sports documentary, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone,” Naomi told Variety in a statement.
She celebrated the Netflix announcement with a cute video post on Instagram that shows herself and her sister, Mar, who also plays professional tennis, playing around with a camcorder and trying to get the right shot. “Heyyyyyyyyy @uninterrupted let’s make a @netflix doc 🥺🙏?” Naomi captioned the video, posted late on Wednesday.
Naomi, who represents Japan in competition, famously won her first Grand Slam, the 2018 U.S. Open, in a championship match against the legendary Serena Williams. She also won the 2019 Australian Open, and she became the first Asian woman to be ranked as the world’s number-one female tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Federation in January 2019.
According to Variety, the series will have involvement from another remarkable athlete: LeBron James. His athletic empowerment company Uninterrupted, which he cofounded with Maverick Carter, will present the series, which will be directed by Garrett Bradley, who recently won best director at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for her documentary feature Time. With so much talent in front of the camera and behind the camera, it sounds like this new docuseries will be a must-watch.
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