Naomi Osaka’s Parents Have Supported Her Since Day 1—Meet Her Mom & Dad

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She may be the highest-paid female athlete of all time, but to Naomi Osaka‘s parents, she’s just their daughter. Naomi’s mother, Tamaki Osaka, and father, Leonard Francois, have been her supporters since day 1.

Naomi was born on October 16, 1997, in Chūō-ku, Osaka in Japan. She has an older sister named Mari, who is a former professional tennis player. Naomi’s parents met in Hokkaido when Francois, a college student in New York, was visiting, according to The New York Times. The two started dating and kept their relationship a secret for years. When she was in her early 20s, Tamaki’s father talked to her about omiai, the Japanese matchmaking process that would to an arranged marriage. The truth came out, and when Tamaki’s father...

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