Osaka cashing in on U.S. Open triumph

Naomi Osaka earned $3.8 million with her win in the U.S. Open on Saturday but stands to multiply those earnings through endorsements.

On Thursday, she was introduced as a global ambassador for Nissan.

Naomi Osaka
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“This week has been a dream come to life, and I’m so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage,” Osaka, 20, said Thursday.

On Saturday, she beat Serena Williams in a straight-sets match that ended in controversy when Williams fought with the chair umpire late in the second set. Osaka became the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Terms of the Nissan deal were not disclosed, but it is a three-year contract, according to Bloomberg.

She’s already under contract to Adidas, but when her contract expires at the end of this year, she is expected to re-sign with the brand and earn as much as $10 million a year, according to The Washington Post. Her current four-year deal is worth the low six figures annually, according to the newspaper.

It would be the richest deal Adidas has given to a female athlete.

Osaka also earned a bonus from watch manufacturer Citizen for wearing the company’s watches. Noriyuki Mitome, a spokesman for the company in Tokyo, declined to discuss details of the bonus with Bloomberg.

–Field Level Media