Naomi Osaka Overcomes US Open Controversy To Secure Record-Breaking Bags With Both Adidas And Nissan
20-year-old Haitian-Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka’s past two weeks have been filled with ups and downs. She was comforted by veteran Serena Williams after her US Open win was slightly overshadowed by Williams’ outburst at the umpire after he accused her of cheating. Osaka’s win took her to the stage of daytime talk show The Ellen Show where she revealed to Degeneres that just like many of us she is nursing a crush on King Killmonger himself, actor Michael B. Jordan. Of course, Degeneres tried to hook her guest up (because who wouldn’t want some arm candy like Michael Bae Jordan in addition to winnings of $3.8 million) to which he handsomely responded he was also a fan and would be keeping an eye on her as well.
Well to round out a tumultuous week, Osaka landed a few business deals that are sure to guarantee the only thing she’ll be bouncing are tennis balls and not checks. Washington Post reports that Osaka is in talks to land the largest deal sneaker brand Adidas has ever offered a female athlete which is rumored to be in the $10 million dollar range. Osaka currently has a four-year deal with the brand which is set in the low six-figure range and will soon expire.
In addition, Osaka has signed on as a brand ambassador for Nissan, a car company that she expressed reminds her of her childhood. She revealed the surreal feeling of representing the brand while addressing an audience on Thursday at the brand’s Yokohama headquarters:
“This week has been a dream come to life, and I’m so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage. I was drawn to partner with Nissan because of its strong Japanese DNA and global competitive spirit. The brand is always challenging expectations, and I look forward to bringing its vision for driving excitement to new audiences around the world.”
“Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I’ve come full circle.”
Osaka revealed that while she doesn’t actually yet own a car, she will now be provided with a Nissan vehicle at each of her tennis tour destinations…like a boss. Osaka also has had deals with Yonex, Nissin Foods, Wowow and Citizen Watch.
As for her feelings regarding the US Open drama, she reveals that she isn’t sweating the controversy anymore and is simply enjoying her victory. She also shared on The Ellen Show what opponent Serena Williams whispered to her post-victory:
“She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me. So, I was really happy that she said that.”
“I don’t feel sad because I wouldn’t even know what I’m expected to feel. Because I feel like since it was my first final, and it was my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.”