Japan’s Naomi Osaka can be one of the highest-paid women in sports if she signs Adidas’ biggest ever deal. Reportedly, Adidas is planning to tap the tennis star with a new contract. The Times reports say Osaka is all set to sign the biggest deal Adidas has ever agreed with a female athlete.
The 20-year-old tennis player is currently earning a “six-figure” salary with Adidas but if reports are to be believed the agreement will soon be updated.
Osaka could sign the biggest deal Adidas has ever agreed with a female athlete, believed to be worth $8.5 million – will be announced on Thursday.
According to Yahoo, this deal will help the Japanese star go on top of the Forbes list of highest-paid women in sports. With the new endorsement deal, Osaka could become the second highest-paid woman, above fellow tennis player Caroline Wozniacki but below Williams.
She became Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion in New York last weekend. Naomi broke down sobbing after thrashing her idol, Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4. Her victory, though, was kind of overshadowed by Serena’s outburst.
After returning to Japan on Thursday, Osaka clarified that there were no hard feelings towards Serena. The 36-year-old American had slammed umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a “thief” during the match.
The New York Post publication says Osaka is likely to become “a branding sensation.”
Osaka is now prepping for next week’s Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, and also eyeing a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore,” a confident Osaka said, about reaching the season-ending WTA Finals.
“I want to do well at the Pan Pacific Open and maybe year-end top five — but I’m not putting pressure on myself. For now I’m just sort of riding the wave.”
“Of course, I’m very excited the Olympics are going to be held in Tokyo,” added Osaka.
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