Naomi Osaka among the world most influential people

Also WTA chairman Steve Simon in the list of Sports Business Journal listing

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Naomi Osaka among the world most influential people

During her career, Naomi Osaka has won seven WTA titles out of eleven finals played, winning four Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open in 2018 and 2020 and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021. Following her first Australian success, on the 28 January 2019 she became the first Asian to reach the first place in the world ranking.

Naomi was the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam title and the third in the Open era to qualify for the WTA Finals. In 2019 and 2020 she was the highest paid female athlete ever, grossing $ 37 million and $ 60 million respectively.

On 23 July 2021, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, she was the torchbearer who lit the Olympic brazier. The most famous brands for which Naomi is an ambassador are Airbnb, All Nippon Airways, Beats Electronics, BodyArmor, Frankies, GoDaddy, Google, Hyperice, Levi Strauss & Co, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mastercard, Melco Crown Entertainment, Morinaga & Company, Nike, Nissan Motor, Nissin Foods Holdings, sweetgreen, Tag Heuer, Workday, Wowow Inc, and Yonex.

Naomi Osaka among the most world influential people

Now, through her Instagram account of her, Osaka has announced that she will be joining also Victoria's Secret as an ambassador. Naomi is one of the most influential people in the world of sports for 2021, according to the Sports Business Journal listing.

The only two players on this particular list are just Naomi, in the Athlete Influencers category, Steve Simon, WTA chairman, in the Sports Property Influencers category, for merits that go beyond the court. Steve Simon had the courage to make a strong gesture towards China regarding the Peng Shuai case, blocking all the events of the WTA circuit in the Asian country until the tennis player issue is fully clarified.

During a recent interview, Venus Williams said she was proud and complimented Naomi Osaka as she spoke openly about the importance of mental health, especially in sports. Very important is the story of the Japanese tennis player who, formerly number one in the world, decided to take a break from tennis to focus on her mental health.

Similar situation for Simone Biles who, due to her inherent problems in this sector, has even decided to forfeit the Tokyo Olympics, as she is not mentally ready.

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