Tennis star Naomi Osaka is officially the highest-paid female athlete of 2021, according to Sportico.
The four-time Grand Slam champion has been ranked as the highest-paid athlete in the world for two consecutive years. In 2020, Osaka topped the results table with $ 37 million (June 2019 to June 2020). In May 2021, Sportico announced that she had earned $ 55.2 million in the previous 12 months.
Forbes ranked the tennis pro No.12 on the 2021 highest-paid athlete list with an estimated total income of $ 60 million. The 23-year-old is not only breaking winning records for female athletes, but she is also ahead of popular male athletes. She sits above tennis star Novak Djokovic and tied with golf legend Tiger Woods for 12th place.
Osaka is a sporting sensation. She gained notoriety in 2018 after defeating Serena Williams at the US Open. She became the first female tennis player of Japanese origin to win a Grand Slam championship.
Last year Osaka won their third Grand Slam title at the US Open. She was also named AP Female Athlete of the Year.
In February, Osaka won their fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. She became the first woman to hold four Grand Slam championship titles in over 30 years.
Despite Osaka’s remarkable success on the court, less than 10% of his income comes from playing tennis. She has amassed multiple sources of income beyond her athletic performance, which has seen her climb to the top of the income charts.
How Osaka Made Over $ 50 Million Beyond The Tennis Court
Forbes estimates that the majority of Osaka’s income (over 90%) comes from endorsements. She has earned $ 55 million from a plethora of lucrative brands in 2020 and 2021. The 23-year-old has won $ 5 million in tennis prizes in 12 months.
Osaka has made deals with more than 20 world-famous companies. Earlier this year, Osaka signed a contract with Workday, a human resources technology company. To kick off her partnership, she wore the company logo on her dress during a curtain raiser in Australia.
Osaka’s brand partnerships reached new heights after signing a seven-digit chord with the power of Louis Vuitton luxury fashion.
“Wow, this is really crazy,” Osaka shared on Twitter. “Honored to be the new ambassador of the Maison @LouisVuitton.”
She adds: “Funny story: I bought my mother for the first time a bad LV when I was 16 years old as a birthday present. It’s been a bit of a tradition since then. Do I call this a full circle moment? Yes.”
Wow this is really crazy. Honored to be @Louis Vuitton new ambassador of the House.
Funny story: I first bought my mom an LV bag when I was 16 as a birthday present and it’s been a bit of a tradition ever since. Do I call this a full circle moment? Yes pic.twitter.com/r2kV7OVNPy
– NaomiOsaka 大 坂 な お み (@naomiosaka) January 11, 2021
“Outside of tennis, my dearest passion is fashion, and there is no more iconic brand than Louis Vuitton,” the tennis pro told Vogue. “It’s such an honor to work with Nicolas – he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love for Japanese culture and style. Becoming a Global Brand Ambassador is truly a dream come true for me.
Shortly after signing the Luis Vuitton Brand Ambassador Agreement, Osaka added Tag Heuer to its endorsement portfolio. The Swiss luxury watchmaker has added the tennis pro to its growing list of athlete ambassadors, which includes Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova and British professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood.
Naomi has been an inspiration to women around the world. It’s no surprise the female athlete of the year landed an appearance in Levi’s Beauty of becoming campaign earlier this year.
In 2018, Nissan announced the three-year Osaka brand promotion agreement. It is also a partner of Beats by Dre, Mastercard and Nike.
Sportico reports that Nike is Osaka’s biggest sponsor. She earns at least $ 10 million a year from this deal.
In 2019, Osaka signed a deal with Body Armor sports drinks with stakes. Forbes reported that Body Armor aimed to overtake Gatorade and become the number one sports drink by 2025. Founder Mike Repole is best known for co-founding Glaceau smartwater, which was bought by Coca-Cola in 2007 for 4 , $ 1 billion.
Osaka also has stakes in Hyperice, a performance technology company specializing in fitness equipment. Patrick Mahomes, Chris Paul and Osaka are just a few of the athletes who have invested in this business.
Sweetgreen chose Osaka as the first Athlete Ambassador. She is also an investor in the restaurant chain.