Local hotelier hails Naomi Osaka’s Haitian heritage


Tennis champ, Naomi Osaka. Photo: Margot Jordan

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The general manager of Le Plaza Hotel in Port au Prince, Marc Pierre-Louis, has hailed Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the US Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.”

Speaking in the euphoric aftermath of the 20-year-old’s 6-2, 6-4 upset of 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams last weekend, the Haitian hotelier congratulated the first-time champion, whose father, Leonard Francois, is Haitian.

“Haitians all over the world, including here in Port-au-Prince, were watching the match and cheering throughout. Naomi played brilliantly to beat one of the greatest tennis players of all time, somebody whom she has idolized since childhood. That took nerves of…

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