Naomi Osaka: Japanese tennis star to donate $50,000 at Cincinnati Open

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Naomi Osaka and the US Open have matched her gift

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she will donate $50,000 (more than £40,000) of her prize money at the Cincinnati Open to help people facing mental health issues.

The 20-year-old tennis star is donating the money to World Mental Health Day on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of her father’s death.

Osaka’s foundation, Naomi Osaka Player Foundation, will commission 100 public benches around the world to mark the event.

The widow of Junior Seau, the late US football star, has pledged $50,000 for a playground in California.

Seau committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 43. A report revealed the reason behind his actions, in which he shot himself in the chest to avoid detection by drug tests, was that he “wanted peace of mind”.

“As a widow of a champion athlete that suffered from depression, depression doesn’t discriminate,” said Lorraine Seau.

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