Making her return to action at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Naomi Osaka will debut a Yonex tennis racquet and bag combo designed by her sister Mari.
After quitting tennis at the young age of 24, Mari Osaka started focusing on art and fashion. The former WTA world No.280’s latest design project is a cooperation with Naomi’s racquet sponsor Yonex, as the sister of the four-time Grand Slam champion created a unique cosmetic of the OSAKA EZONE racquet and Pro Series Bag.
Inspired by mother Tamari Osaka’s vision of her daughters as a duo of dragons, Mari’s design is dominated by the mythical monster, a symbol of great power, good luck, and strength.
“The dragons represent an unwavering, fighting spirit,” said Mari. “I hope the racquet gives Naomi strength and confidence every time she steps on the court even when I’m not with her.”
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The color palette is gold and purple, a luxurious blend for power and ambition.
The former world No.1 Naomi will first use the new racquet in competition at the upcoming Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, California. Afterwards, her tour stops will be Toronto, Cincinnati, and the US Open.
The OSAKA EZONE racquet and Pro Series Bag will be available for purchase starting August 25th. If you want to completely match Naomi’s look, pair the OSAKA EZONE 98 with POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 string in iron grey.
The OSAKA EZONE is an added colorway to the 7th-generation EZONE series, which is crafted for power and comfort. The OSAKA EZONE series will feature a 98, 100, 100L, and 100SL option. The OSAKA Pro Series Bag will be available in 9 pcs. and 6 pcs. (source: Yonex)