Two weeks ago I gave you a hint that world No.1 Naomi Osaka might abandon Adidas, but at the time the word was out that the new sponsor would be Uniqlo, while now we have official info that the two-time Grand Slam champion is joining the Nike family!
Nike published a press release on its official website, while Naomi announced the news by posting two pics from the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Wearing a Nike sweatshirt, Naomi met LeBron James there.
After already earning nearly $11 million in career prize money and a number of high-paying sponsorships which gave her a “featured honoree” position in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia list, Naomi left Adidas for Nike, apparently getting a better offer from the Swoosh camp. The contract value has not been exposed, but it’s certainly lucrative. Remember that after her 2018 US Open triumph, there were speculations about Naomi being offered $8.5 million a year to extend her deal with Adidas.
Here’s how the 21-year-old comments on her new clothing contract:
I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer. Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.
Adidas had been sponsoring Naomi since 2015 and note that she began that season ranked No.238. Prior to Adidas, Naomi was wearing Yonex.
The Spring Parley Tank + Skirt ensemble that Naomi wore at the Miami Open is officially the world No.1’s last Adidas outfit. The Nike partnership is already in effect, but it will see the light of the day at the 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, which starts on April 22nd.