Reports claim U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka is about to sign a megadeal with Adidas and it’s well deserved.
Osaka defeated Serena Williams, her idol, in front of the world but the victory was marred by the former champion throwing a temper tantrum, calling out the umpire, playing the sexist and racism cards in the same breath.
Impressive performance by such a young player (20 years old) in her first major appearance & now victory!
Source: Fox Business
According to a new report from The Times, the 20-year-old is expected to sign the deal on Thursday that is worth an estimated $8.5 million annually. Osaka, who is already on Adidas’ payroll, is only reportedly making a “six-figure” salary that will expire this year.
If the contract goes through, this would be the biggest deal the sportswear giant has ever given to a female tennis player and it could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes’ 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams currently leads.
In 2010, tennis star Maria Sharapova made history by signing the most lucrative female sports contract ever with Nike. The deal was a 10-year contract worth an estimated $70 million.
However, a spokesperson for Adidas would not disclose any contractual information or rumors about its current or future partnerships with Osaka.
Naomi Osaka is reportedly set to sign Adidas' biggest ever deal with a female athlete — and it could make her one of the highest-paid women in sports https://t.co/m972OrVj5R
— Oscar Flippt (@OscarFlippt) September 12, 2018
Naomi Osaka Set to Sign Record-Breaking Adidas Deal — The #Adidas X @Naomi_Osaka_ collaboration will be the biggest contract the global brand has ever given to a female athlete! https://t.co/yI2tguUdWj pic.twitter.com/SfNtYvwPsm
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) September 12, 2018
Naomi Osaka's victory in the #USOpen adds her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese. https://t.co/xEqj0trlFG
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 13, 2018
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