Tennis - Former World No. 1 and two time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka continues to use her platform to help where she can and raise awareness about issues she feels are important for the community. Recently, Osaka and her younger sister, Mari, helped design masks for charity during the lockdown.
She has also started an initiative called Play Academy with Nike and Laureus Sport to help girls be more involved in sport in Japan.
Japan's Naomi Osaka teams up with BodyArmor to refurbish the courts she played on as a child
Now, the 2018 US Open champion has teamed up with BodyArmor, the official drink of the US Open, to refurbish the courts she played on as a child in Queens.
BodyArmor is the official drink of the US Open Grand Slam event, which begins in New York at the end of this month. It is the first Grand Slam event since the resumption of the tour. Osaka posted an update on her Instagram account, saying, "The @usopen has always been special to me, so I am excited @DrinkBODYARMOR LYTE is now their Official Sports Drink…and thanks to BODYARMOR I can finally share that we are teaming up to refurbish my childhood court in Queens, NY!
Can’t wait to work on this project 🙌 ❤
The US Open is scheduled to being at the end of this month in New York.
Osaka has entered to play both the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in New York. Even though there are expected to be a number of surprising results due to the long lay-off, Osaka will be one of the favourites for the tournament.
Defending champion Bianca Andreescu is the latest player to pull out of the tournament. She joins a number of top players who have already withdrawn from the tournament, including World No. 1 Ash Barty, Top 10 players Kiki Bertens and Elina Svitolina, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Naomi Osaka was recently named as the highest earning female earning athlete in the world by Forbes magazine, with earnings of over $37 million. Osaka is a two-time Grand Slam winner - having won the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slams.