August 19, 2021
(Reuters) – Western & Southern Financial Group, the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati, said it was in line with Naomi Osaka’s pledge of prizes for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
Osaka, which won four Grand Slams, said it would donate the proceeds of the tournament to poor countries after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake last weekend.
The quake killed at least 2,189 people and rubbed tens of thousands of buildings.
Osaka, the daughter of Haiti’s father and Japanese mother, said in a tweet on Saturday, “It’s really painful to see all the devastation happening in Haiti, and so that we really can’t take a break. I feel it. ”
“I’m going to a tournament this week. All the prize money will be donated to Haiti’s relief efforts. I know the blood of our ancestors is strong. We will continue to rise.”
The winner of the women’s tournament, where Osaka is the second seeded, will receive $ 255,220.
Last year, Forbes reported that Osaka was the most profitable female athlete in the world and received $ 37.4 million in prizes and nominations in 12 months.
(Report by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, edited by Pritha Sarkar)
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