Lucy and Eugene talk about Naomi Osaka’s powerful boycott, look back at events at Cincy Tennis and preview the US Open
Naomi Osaka Boycott The 22-year-old brought the tennis world to a halt after boycotting her Western & Southern Open semi-final match in response to the recent shooting of Jacob Blake. Osaka intended to shine a light on the Black Lives Matter movement and “get a conversation started in a majority white sport” – the 2020 W&S Open finalist definitely succeeded.
Western & Southern Open Review Osaka made it to the final but had to withdraw due to injury; Serena Williams came through a rollercoaster second-round match but fell to a confident Maria Sakkari in the third; also mentions for Felix Auger-Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe among others.
US Open Preview Enticing openers for the seeds in the women’s draw; tough, but winnable match-ups for the men; Taylor Townsend and Sachia Vickery meet in an All-American first round, Brit Heather Watson also faces a compatriot; and there is an exciting contigent of teenage Americans all in the main draw.