Naomi Osaka is one of the world’s most influential athletes and a superstar on the tennis circuit. Born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, Osaka moved to the United States when she was three and has quickly established herself as a global icon since becoming a professional tennis player.
Like her fellow tennis athletes, Naomi Osaka has made millions of dollars playing the sport she loves. However, the 23-year-old recently earned a huge chunk of change without hitting a ball.
Naomi Osaka has won three Grand Slams in her career
Naomi Osaka became a professional tennis player in 2013. Since then, she’s won over 233 matches and captured three Grand Slam titles. Osaka won the 2018 US Open, the 2019 Australian Open, and the 2020 US Open. She is the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
In 2019, Osaka was the No. 1 player in the world. However, she lost the No. 1 ranking to Ashleigh Barty after struggling at Wimbledon. Osaka, after winning the 2020 US Open, is currently the third-ranked player in the world.
Osaka came onto the scene as a shy person who didn’t talk a lot. However, over the years, she’s gotten more comfortable in her skin, and it has helped her become one of the most popular celebrities in the world. Osaka has over 820,000 followers on Twitter and 1.8 million on Instagram. She has been dating rapper Cordae since April of 2019.
Sensing that her platform is ginormous, Naomi Osaka became a social activist in 2020, and it only raised her popularity.
Naomi Osaka won the 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year
The Associated Press selected Naomi Osaka as the Female Athlete of the Year due to her activism. During the 2020 US Open, Osaka wore masks with the names of Black people who were wrongfully killed. Some of the names were George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, and Philando Castile.
“To be honest, I really didn’t stop to think about what others would think of my actions. Other people’s opinions weren’t going to stop me from doing what I know in my heart was the right thing to do,” Osaka said, via the AP. “The strong voices of Colin (Kaepernick) and LeBron (James) were certainly positive influences for me and gave me strength in my own convictions.”
Due to her heartwarming personality and good looks, Naomi Osaka is one of the world’s most marketable athletes. She has a huge net worth already at a young age, and her bank account recently got larger without her having to hit an ace on the tennis court.
Tennis superstar is Louis Vuitton’s newest brand ambassador
Naomi Osaka has signed a seven-figure brand ambassador deal with Louis Vuitton. The superstar tennis player already had generational money at her disposal thanks to her elite skills on the court. Now, Osaka is using her love for fashion to rake in even more money.
“Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion, and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton,” Osaka said in a statement. “It is such an honor to work with Nicolas—he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me.”
The sky is the limit for Naomi Osaka, both on and off the tennis court. She’s a prominent role model for the younger generation, especially for girls who are looking for someone to inspire them to be great.