Top tennis earner Naomi Osaka has sued some of her USD 37 million from 2020 income to buy into a women’s football side in North Carolina.
The No. 3 who topped the WTA money list last season and has been picking up sponsorships at a brisk clip in 2021, paid an undisclosed sum for a piece of the
North Carolina Courage, winner of two league titles in six years.
The 23-year-old is merely following the example set by her idol and WTA rival Serena Williams, who has previously made an investment in an LA women’s pro team, Angel City FC; Williams also has some of her millions parked in the Miami Dolphins NFL side..
“I was thinking, why not me and why not right now?” Osaka told The Athletic.
“My business approach is to create something for the time after my career while I’m still playing. I’m very entrepreneurial and ambitious when it comes to doing business.
“I’m passionate about raising awareness of women’s sports and inspiring the next generation. To be an owner in the NSWL seems to be a good way to combine these two interests. “
Osaka told the NSWL website that she is just paying back in her career: “The women who have invested in me growing up made me who I am today and I cannot think of where my life would be without them,.
“My investment in the North Carolina Courage is far beyond just being a team owner, it’s an investment in amazing women who are role models and leaders in their fields and inspirations to all young female athletes.”