Naomi Osaka. Source: Watch Pro

Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player from Japan. She is the first Asian player to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles.

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Early life

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Naomi Osaka was born in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan on October 16, 1997, to Tamaki Osaka and Leonard François. Her mother is from Japan’s Hokkaido, and her father is from Haiti’s Jacmel.

Mari, her older sister, is a former professional tennis player. When the family lived in Japan, the two girls were given their mother’s family name for practical reasons. Osaka’s parents met while her father was a college student in New York and was visiting Hokkaido.

Osaka’s family relocated from Japan to Valley Stream, New York on Long Island when she was three years old to live with her father’s parents. Watching the Williams sisters compete at the 1999 French Open inspired her father to teach his daughters how to play tennis.

Despite having been raised in the United States, Osaka’s parents decided that her daughters would represent Japan. She was born in Osaka and raised in a home that blended Japanese and Haitian traditions. Simply put, Naomi and her sister Mari have always felt Japanese.

This decision may also have been influenced by the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) lack of interest in her when she was still a young player. When she was 16, the USTA offered her the opportunity to train at their national training centre in Boca Raton, but she declined.

She started working with Patrick Tauma at the ISP Academy when she was 15 years old. She transferred to the Harold Solomon Tennis Academy in 2014. She went on to train at the ProWorld Tennis Academy.

Career and records

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Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and the current US Open and Australian Open champion. Her seven WTA Tour titles include two at the Premier Mandatory level.

She won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, becoming the first player to do so since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. She also became the first woman since Serena Williams in 2015 to win three Grand Slam singles titles in a row.

Osaka broke into the top tier of women’s tennis in 2018 when she won her first WTA title at the Indian Wells Open. Later that year, she defeated Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, in the US Open final to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Since 2018, she has won a Grand Slam singles title four years in a row.

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Osaka is one of the world’s most marketable athletes, ranking eighth in endorsement income among all athletes in 2020. She was also the highest-paid female athlete of all time in terms of annual earnings that year. Osaka was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Sportspersons of the Year for her activism, which she did largely as part of her US Open championship run.

She was also named to Time’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people in both 2019 and 2020. She was also named the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year in 2021.

Personal life

Osaka has been in a relationship with American rapper Cordae.

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Osaka has worked hard to overcome her shyness while also becoming a prominent tennis activist. Her decision to withdraw from the 2020 Cincinnati Open in New York in order to raise awareness about the police shooting of Jacob Blake prompted the tournament to postpone all Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) matches for a day in her honour.

Each mask she wore as she walked onto the court at the 2020 US Open (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) prominently displayed the name of an African American who had been killed in the preceding few years, the majority in the year before the tournament, and the majority killed by police. She highlighted Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile, and Tamir Rice.

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Prior to these acts of activism, Osaka travelled to Minnesota to participate in the protests against George Floyd’s murder. In an op-ed for Esquire magazine, she explained her personal reasons for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and protesting police brutality.

Osaka also travelled to Minnesota to participate in the protests against George Floyd’s murder. In an op-ed for Esquire magazine, she explained her personal reasons for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and protesting police brutality.

Osaka is the main character in a manga series published by Kodansha in Nakayoshi which is Japan’s leading shojo magazine. Futago Kamikita is the artist behind the series, which was created with the assistance of Osaka’s sister Mari. The first edition appeared in the magazine’s February 2021 issue, which was published in December 2020.

Futago Kamikita is the artist behind the manga series featuring Naomi Osaka

In 2021, Osaka was announced as a co-owner of the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League, the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States.

Full NameNaomi Osaka
Date of Birth16 October, 1997
Height1.8 m
Weight75 kg
Partner/ SpouseCordae
Net Worth$25 million
Last UpdatedJuly 2021

Net worth and earnings

In 2020, she surpassed Serena Williams as the highest-paid female athlete, earning a total of US $37.4 million from June 2019 to May 2020.

Yonex has sponsored Osaka’s tennis rackets for the past ten years. She is also sponsored by Nike. She is an ambassador for the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan Motor and the Japanese watchmaker Citizen Watch.

She is also the brand ambassador for Mastercard. Her other endorsements include Bare Minerals, Body Armor, Hyperice, Melco Resorts, Morinaga, and Ariel Japan, Nissin Foods among others.

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Her net worth is estimated to be approximately $25 million.

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