Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka has pledged to donate prize earnings from her next tournament to Haiti relief efforts after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the island nation killed over 1,297 people.
“Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti,” Osaka, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, announced on Twitter last Aug. 15.
Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam Champion, will play in the Western and Southern Open, which runs from Aug. 16 to 22 in Cincinnati, United States.
The winner of the women’s singles will receive $255,220 while the runner-up will receive $188,945, according to WTATour.
The tournament, where Osaka is seeded second, is her first since competing in the Tokyo Olympics where she lost in the third round, months after she pulled out of the French Open and the Australian Open due to mental health concerns.
Osaka is the first Asian player to hold the No. 1 ranking in the singles in tennis.
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