Naomi Osaka to donate Cincinnati prize money to Haiti earthquake relief efforts

Naomi Osaka in action

Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has pledged to donate the prize money she earns at next week’s Western & Southern Open to relief efforts in Haiti.

The Caribbean country was hit by a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, killing more than 300 people and injuring nearly 2000.

Osaka, of course, has a personal connection to Haiti as her father Leonard François is from the island.

The world No 2, who will return to WTA Tour action for the first time since withdrawing from the French Open in May, announced on Twitter that she is to pledge the money she earns from her performances in Cincinnati to Haiti relief efforts.

“Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti and I feel like we can’t catch a break,” the Japanese star wrote.

“I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising.”