Olympian and world number one ranked Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka will donate her next Grand Slam prize money to the United Nations and International Medical Corps after she won the U.S. Open’s Girls’ 16 Final on Monday.
Osaka’s surprise 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over fellow Japanese Hyeon Chung comes after she made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open in January where she took the title.
The 19-year-old is the first Japanese woman to compete in four Grand Slam finals – at Wimbledon in July and the French Open and Australian Open this year.
“The people of Haiti have been through so much … I have played in two tournaments in Haiti and wanted to pay back my country by donating to UNICEF and I feel strongly about this cause because I want to give as much as I can to my country,” she said in a statement to media, as quoted by the BBC.
“I hope to inspire more people to make a contribution like me.”
Osaka is already taking up the role of Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot, and was forced to take time off from Wimbledon after her plane got caught in a heavy storm.
The storm ultimately forced Osaka to pull out of the WTA Masters event in Toronto, where she was playing her last match before turning professional in a qualifying tournament.
The Japanese is targeting further titles in the lead-up to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York that starts on Aug. 28.
That will not be before her first round bye for the draw begins on Aug. 10.