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“Competed Against Ghosts of Ourselves”: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Others Feature in Tokyo Olympics 2020 Campaign


“Competed Against Ghosts of Ourselves”: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Others Feature in Tokyo Olympics 2020 Campaign

In women’s tennis, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are two of the most formidable names. Over the past few seasons, the Japanese star has created quite a name for herself. She has been the most successful player, both on and off the courts. 

Recently, there was an advertisement campaign shot for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which begins on the 23rd of July. In the short clip, from the tennis community, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams feature. 

During the clip, there is a narration that stated, “When the world stood still, the future uncertain, we kept moving. Competed against ghosts. Of ourselves. Of history. But we know progress isn’t forged in the shadows. The gains made in darkness advance no one unless they are carried into the light. The world only moves forward when we move together. This isn’t about breaking records.”

Naomi osaka
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Naomi Osaka is the face of tennis at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

It is a meaningful message, especially after the event was canceled last year due to the global pandemic. Sports has been a field in which athletes from various backgrounds and races compete against one and another in a healthy manner. Athletes have great competitiveness instilled in them and the Olympic Games is a platform on which individuals display this attitude. 

As the clip went on, the narration further stated, “But building a place for everyone. Regardless of who they are, where they’re from, or how they shine. It’s about going to the edge of possibility. And see what’s on the other side. Together, because no matter how hard or how far we push ourselves, we can never go further than when we push each other. Alone we are small but together we are giants.”

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Serena Williams
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy in the ladies’ quarter final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Coming to tennis, Osaka has been in the news lately for withdrawing from the French Open 2021 and has decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships 2021. She will directly be seen at the Olympic Games. 

On the other hand, Serena will be seen soon on the grass courts of the All England Club. It is a place she has enjoyed tremendous success. All eyes will be on her if she can win her 24th Grand Slam title. 

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