Tennis stars stand against Asian hate

Osaka Naomi, Nishikori Kei and other tennis stars have appealed for an end to violence and discrimination against the Asian community in the United States.

The governing bodies of men's and women's professional tours, ATP and WTA, have posted a video of the players on Twitter.

It says both bodies stand united against any form of hate and discrimination, and condemn the recent violence and intolerance affecting Asian communities.

Osaka says she hopes people start to respect and love Asian culture and Asian people.

Nishikori says he's against all forms of discrimination, adding "Please stop Asian hate."

An organization monitoring discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has reported more than 3,700 hate incidents targeting the AAPI community from March 2020 through February this year.

On Monday, a 65-year-old Asian American woman was repeatedly kicked by a man in a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York. Police are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.