Andy Roddick gives thoughts on Naomi Osaka starting her own management agency



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Andy Roddick gives thoughts on Naomi Osaka starting her own management agency

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick says he is curious to see how will Naomi Naomi Osaka do with her own management company as he thinks there will definitely be athletes interested in joining Osaka's agency. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, terminated her contract with IMG following the end of the 2021 season.

Along with her agent Stuart Duguid, Osaka launched her own management company named "Evolve." Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in the world and Roddick hopes she has a great team of advisors around her.

"Interesting move! Mid-career, taking on your own agency - she has the cash to do it, hopefully she has great advisors around her," Roddick said on Tennis Channel. Osaka is one of the most marketable athletes in the world and Roddick thinks the Japanese will benefit from that while running her own business.

"At this point, with all the deals she has had, with all the exposure she has had, experience matters," Roddick noted.

Roddick: Osaka will definitely have clients

"Athletes will want to hear her story, her pitch.

So why not, if she has the team in place, go for it." Roddick added. Meanwhile, Osaka is recovering from an Achilles injury. Osaka sustained an Achilles injury in Madrid and decided to skip this week's WTA 1000 event in Rome.

“Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet," Osaka said. “It’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful especially in advance of Roland Garros.

“I love this city and always enjoy playing in front of the Italian fans so I will be sorry to miss them — but look forward to coming back next year”. Osaka was hoping to have a big clay season but the injury she sustained limired her to only one tournament played this clay season.