LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka have gotten teammates within the leisure world. Tennis star Osaka and…
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka have gotten teammates within the leisure world.
Tennis star Osaka and her agent and enterprise accomplice, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media firm referred to as Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Firm, which was created by NBA star James and Maverick Carter.
Tuesday’s announcement comes shortly after Osaka and Duguid began EVOLVE, an athlete illustration company.
“There was an explosion of creators of coloration lastly being outfitted with assets and an enormous platform,” Osaka stated in a press launch about her latest enterprise. “Within the streaming age, content material has a extra international perspective. You’ll be able to see this within the recognition of tv from Asia, Europe, and Latin America that the distinctive may also be common. My story is a testomony to that as effectively. I’m so excited for what we’re constructing at Hana Kuma. We’ll carry tales to life with this objective in thoughts: to make distinctive views really feel common and encourage folks alongside the best way.”
The 24-year-old Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion who additionally has reached No. 1 within the WTA rankings. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian father; the household moved to New York when Naomi was 3 and she or he now’s based mostly in Los Angeles.
Osaka just lately stated she can be skipping Wimbledon for the second 12 months in a row. She has not competed on tour since a first-round loss on the French Open final month.
In accordance with Forbes, Osaka grew to become the world’s highest-paid feminine athlete in 2020 by incomes about $37 million because of an extended record of sponsorship offers.
Extra just lately, she has been taking steps to broaden her model past the tennis courtroom.
Requested about EVOLVE at Roland Garros, Osaka stated: “I feel function fashions are actually essential, simply to see any person do one thing — and it makes you are feeling like you are able to do the identical factor, too. I discovered it actually fascinating that there wasn’t a feminine athlete that’s executed this earlier than, however there was so many males. So I feel it’s a journey, and I really feel like I’m going to study lots on the journey.”
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