Naomi Osaka held the Olympic torch and lit the Olympic Cauldron during Friday’s Opening Ceremony, a huge honor that she feels extremely grateful for. Speaking on Instagram, the four-time grand slam tennis champion wrote “Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life. I have no words to describe the feelings I have right now but I do know I am currently filled with gratefulness and thankfulness ❤️ love you guys thank you.”
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According to NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico (via People) Naomi—who is competing for Japan in women’s singles tennis—will have her first match on Sunday after it was pushed back a day so she could take part in the ceremony.
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