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Why Tennis Superstar Naomi Osaka Wants In On Crypto

Why Tennis Superstar Naomi Osaka Wants In On Crypto

Defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has a eager curiosity in cryptocurrencies

The rising rage round cryptocurrencies has captured the eye of defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, who’s been exploring the place she will spend money on the area. Part of her curiosity was spurred by all of the noise round Dogecoin, the digital token that turned well-known for being the primary memecoin to start out out as a joke.

“I was actually just talking with my agent about cryptocurrencies,” Osaka stated in an interview final week. “I know that online, everything is getting bigger. I remember reading about Dogecoin … there’s going to be something new and interesting that’s going to pop up.”

Osaka stated the continual stream of conversations round Dogecoin, particularly on her Twitter feed, stoked her curiosity even earlier than her agent approached her with the concept to take a position. 

The 23-year-old has displayed a eager enterprise sense and a willingness to wager her personal cash in a method different tennis stars hardly ever do that early of their profession. That contains investments in salad chain Sweetgreen and the North Carolina Courage—a girls’s skilled soccer workforce. She additionally unveiled her personal nonfungible token (NFT) final week.

“As athletes, our career isn’t that long, and so I just like being very smart with it,” Osaka stated. “I like when my agent tells me there’s opportunities. And in a weird way, I like to fail a little bit because it makes you understand what didn’t work and why.”

What in regards to the inventory market Reddit bandwagon that is lit up web boards over the previous yr? “My boyfriend really loves to wake up in the morning and check his stuff,” Osaka stated. “I’m personally not a person that does that, but I can see the appeal.”

Osaka has shortly shot up the ranks of the all-time highest-paid feminine athletes, as her Grand Slam success and a willingness to talk up for social justice causes have additionally attracted manufacturers searching for partnerships.

She spoke at an occasion selling the Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer, which signed her as a model ambassador earlier this yr. 

Tennis gamers have ceaselessly been sought out to drive curiosity in high-end watches: Roger Federer has lengthy been related to Rolex; Novak Djokovic paired up with Hublot earlier than this yr’s U.S. Open; and Rafael Nadal is understood for taking part in matches sporting his Richard Mille—a model whose costs can high $1 million.

Osaka is again at a Grand Slam occasion after pulling out of the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this yr. After her withdrawal in Paris, she introduced she’d suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy. Osaka, who’s received a Grand Slam match in every of the final 4 years, stated she would not thoughts turning off all the eye now and again and going incognito. “I like to people-watch, and so I just like to walk around,” she stated of what she’d love to do if she ever bought time in New York. “I love Bryant Park, so I get a tea and sit there for a couple hours.”

On Monday she returns to the grandest stage in tennis, kicking off her title protection with a first-round night time match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is able to as soon as once more welcome town’s tennis followers.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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