NBA star Kyrie Irving seems to be interested in potentially joining Naomi Osaka's sports agency "EVOLVE" and the Japanese has made it clear that he is welcome to the EVOLVE family. After the 2021 season, four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka terminated her contract with IMG and created EVOLVE with her agent Stuart Duguid.
Irving, one of the biggest names in the NBA, was represented by Roc Nation and Jeff Wechsler, before splitting with them and hiring his stepmom Shatellia Riley Irving as his agent. "@naomiosaka yall got room over at your agency for hoopers.
Just inquiring," Irving tweeted at Osaka. Osaka responded: "Always room."
Andy Roddick encouraged Osaka to go for it
Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in the world and former US Open champion Roddick is curious to see how will Osaka's business move pan out.
"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 has lots of experience when it comes to the world of business.
"At this point, with all the deals she has had, with all the exposure she has had, experience matters," Roddick noted. Roddick predicted that athletes will be interested in joining Osaka's agency and Irving inquiring about EVOLVE shows that Roddick was right.
"Athletes will want to hear her story, her pitch. So why not, if she has the team in place, go for it." Roddick said. Meanwhile, Osaka is preparing to play the French Open. Osaka kicked off her clay season in Madrid, where he was beaten in the second round by Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Osaka was hampered by an Achilles injury in Madrid and she decided to skip Rome because of the injury. Osaka is expected to play the French Open and that will be her just seocnd tournament of this clay season.