Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has announced her latest venture off the court - she is now an an investor and a creative consultant in premium sake brand Soto Osaka will be working with the brand that is known for its authentic taste and high-end quality.
Naomi Osaka is an investor & creative consultant in sake brand Soto
In a press statement, Osaka said, “As a native of Japan, I am proud to be involved with a product that is authentically Japanese. SOTO’s status as a made-in-Japan, traditional ‘Japanese sake’ is another major reason I’m supporting the brand."
The company's co-founder Billy Melnyk commented in a press statement, "Naomi’s elegant, serene demeanor and philosophical outlook on her life and young career are big reasons we wanted her to be involved with SOTO.
Appreciating true Japanese sake is a transportive and enlightening experience, and we wanted our first publicly celebrated investor to embody that. We’re sharing the traditions of Japan through SOTO Sake’s modernized form, introducing the drinking experience of sake to more people, and contributing to the category’s increased popularity”.
The Japanese player returned to the court in New York earlier in August for the Western & Southern Open and then for the US Open, where she won her third Grand Slam title, beating Vika Azarenka 1-6 6-3.
So excited and happy to share that I have become a creative consultant and investor for @sotosake! I am proud to be involved with a product that is authentically Japanese...and who doesn’t love sake 🍶Sidenote : it taste really good so pls *clink clink then drink* responsibly 😚😛😩😂
6-3. Osaka is one of the most popular playerson the WTA Tour due to candid and shy personality as well as her multi-ethnic background. Naomi Osaka is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including three Grand Slams and two Premier Mandatory titles.
Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open. She defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the final of the US Open to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Naomi Osaka is one of the most marketable women athletes in the world and was recently named the highest-earning female athlete in sports for the period ending June 2020 with record earnings of more than $37 million. Osaka has also become a leading voice in the recent Black Lives Matter protests. She is one of the most popular players on the women's tour as well.