20 years old, already a champion and a world tennis star. Naomi Osaka, a Japanese woman of Haitian descent, has just been nominated for the prestigious prize “Best tennis player for the year 2018”. Indeed, the WTA has announced the list of nominees for the year-end awards in several categories including player of the year, double team, “Rookie” (rookie) of the year, the return of the year. And Naomi Osaka is among the nominees for the Player of the Year Award. Naomi Osaka is on an uphill slope.
The name of the star is now on everyone’s lips. The Japanese has won two titles this year including a grand slam, beating the famous Serena Williams in the final of the US Open. She won the Indian Wellsand was a finalist of the Tokyo tournament. In addition, the number 4 world already has its ticket for its first Masters, competition that includes the eight (8) best players in the world. It is clear that Naomi will rub the best creams of the cream, and if she wins the tournament, she will be in pole position to win the title of the best player of the year. The nominees are Simona Halep, Angélique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacky, Petra Kvitova. Each has won a major tournament in the year 2018. The media (tennis media) can vote for a player in each category before October 12, 2018. The champion of the US Open and Indian Wells, the Japanese of Haitian origin, Naomi Osaka, announces a tour for the month of November 2018 in Haiti, home country of his father, Leonard François who was welcomed last Friday at Toussaint Louverture airport.
The tennis star, finalist at the Tokyo tournament and semi-finalist at the Beijing tournament, will be in Haiti on November 6 for a tour whose exact duration has not been revealed. Naomi’s father is in Haiti to announce the arrival of his daughter and promote the tour of his daughter that will take place next month where the star will have to visit a training center funded by its foundation in Jacmel. The 20-year-old who has just climbed to the 4 thWTA, will make her second trip to Haiti after the one in September 2017 where she visited and advised several young Haitian tennis players.
Matéo Coles makes history as the first Haitian athlete to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina !!! Decidedly, 2018 is a good year for the Haitian sport, when we take into account the participation of the Grenadiers at the last edition of the Women’s World Cup and the victory of Naomi Osaka at the US Open. For the athlete of just 16, this medal is proof that Haiti has a place in the world of horse riding. It is neither football nor basketball, the most popular sports in Haiti, that give him his first Olympic gold medal in youth games. It is rather riding that puts our two-color on the table of the greatest athletes in the world. And this wonder, it is Matéo Coles who has not yet left the box of the adolescence which accomplished it.
The 16-year-old was indeed among the best on Tuesday, 9 October, to shine in the first part of the equestrian competition organized as part of the Youth Olympic Games which continue until the 18 October in Argentina. “I am proud of this victory. I could wish it, but I could not guarantee it, considering that all other competitors are important, says Matéo. My real happiness is to have allowed us to talk about Haiti from another angle in the media, thanks to this medal. Indeed Matéo Coles and his teammates of Team North America (USA, Haiti, Honduras, Panama and Mexico) have supplanted their competitors from other continents including Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America and Asia at the riding events. For non-practitioners, the athlete explains that the challenge is to avoid with his horse a dozen obstacles on a path. This is not a horse race itself. However, the speed and dexterity in the correct jumping of obstacles, help to separate the competitors.
Altidor Jean Hervé