In time for the US Open, Naomi Osaka excites the tennis community with her new personalized Yonex Ezone tennis racquet and bag created in collaboration with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.
The limited-edition aesthetic gives off a girly vibe. It is dominated by Osaka’s favorite flower, cherry blossoms. The light pink flowers are accompanied by a bear holding a smiling rainbow-colored daisy. The Japanese sports equipment company’s name is written in golden letters, while Naomi’s name is printed on the racquet’s throat in black.
The four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka revealed her new gear on social media, saying:
Introducing the Naomi Osaka x Takashi Murakami Ezone Racquet. So happy with this one, was always an admirer of Takashi Murakami, so to be able to finally collaborate together is really a dream. Infinite thank yous to Yonex for trusting me with the vision and because this project wouldn’t have come to life so amazingly without them.
The 23-year-old’s boyfriend Cordae was quick to post two comments on Instagram, one containing numerous fire emojis and the other one saying “very high level.”
Osaka will debut her new Yonex equipment during the US Open Series. Unfortunately, the limited-edition racquet and bag will not be available in stores.