Naomi Osaka earned huge money in 2023 despite not playing any tournaments



by DZEVAD MESIC

Naomi Osaka earned huge money in 2023 despite not playing any tournaments
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Naomi Osaka may not have played a single match this year but she is still the fifth highest-paid female athlete in 2023. According to Sportico, four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka earned $15 million this year. Osaka, a former world No 1, didn't compete in any tournaments this year after announcing her pregnancy in early 2023 and then giving birth in the summer.

Still, Osaka netted $15 million through various sponsorship and endorsement deals. On the list, Osaka is the fifth highest-paid female athlete of 2023 and also the fourth highest-paid tennis player in 2023.

Osaka's sponsorship deals

Osaka, who turned 26 in October, lifted her fourth Slam title at the 2021 Australian Open.

Osaka achieved major success early on and she is the face of some of the world's most popular brands, including Nike, Mastercard, Tag Heuer, etc. After missing the entire 2023 season, Osaka will play again in a few weeks at the Brisbane International, which takes place between December 31 - January 07.

"She knows she's going to optimise her preparation for Melbourne. It was an easy conversation but I'm thrilled she's coming back. To restart her career after becoming a mum, we couldn't be more thrilled she's chosen Brisbane," Brisbane tournament director Cam Pearson said in a statement in early November.

During her pregnancy, Osaka repeated several times that her goal will be to do great things when she returns to tennis. "She’s super motivated and I’m super pumped to help her. She inspires the whole team with this champion mindset: she just wants to go for it.

I’m hoping her opponents will read this and get a little bit afraid of her! Where she is today is what makes working with her so inspiring. She wants to get back to world No 1, she wants to win Grand Slams," Osaka's performance coach Florian Zitzelsberger told Tennis Channel in November.

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