Naomi Osaka, the sensational young 20-year-old tennis star, continues not only make a name for herself but is also pulling in record sponsorship deal.
This rising star first came to prominence at the age of sixteen when she defeated former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, which was her first time in the main draw of a WTA tournament.
Two years later, she was on her first WTA final at the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open, which took her into the top 50 in the world rankings.
Osaka’s breakthrough year, however, came in 2018 when she won the Indian Wells tournament, beating former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round.
She continued her phenomenal run when she won the Grand Slam singles tournament by defeating 36-year-old Serena Jameka Williams, the Women’s Tennis Association ranked world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017.
Williams also holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players.
Osaka is the first Haitian-Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Her win pushed her to a career-high ranking of world No. 7 on September 10, 2018.
Osaka is Japanese-born with a Haitian father who lives in the United States. She is said to have a broad global endorsement appeal; consequently, her deal with leading global sports brand company Adidas is no surprise.
The new deal will extend an existing relationship between Osaka and Adidas as the two sides approach the end of a four-year deal reportedly valued in the low six figures annually.
Osaka, who also earned a $3.8 million paycheck with her recent victory against Serena, may also be in line for a more financial windfall.
A recent New York Post reported that Osaka is also working on a car endorsement deal albeit not naming the car company involved.
Edited by J. C. Finch
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