Japanese tennis famous person Naomi Osaka has change into the arena’s highest-paid feminine athlete, making $37.four million (34.three million euros) previously 12 months for an profits report, Forbes mag reported Friday. The 22-year-old Asian famous person, a two-time Grand Slam champion, edged US rival Serena Williams by way of $1.four million in prize cash and endorsement source of revenue over the last 12 months. Both shattered the outdated single-year profits mark of $29.7 million set in 2015 by way of Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who retired in February with 5 Grand Slam titles, together with a occupation Slam.
“To the ones out of doors the tennis global, Osaka is a slightly contemporary face with a perfect again tale,” University of Southern California sports activities trade professor David Carter advised Forbes.
“Combine that with being younger and bicultural – two attributes that assist her resonate with more youthful, international audiences – and the result’s the emergence of an international sports activities advertising and marketing icon.”
Osaka, whose father was once born in Haiti and whose mom is Japanese, ranks 29th at the 2020 Forbes record of the arena’s 100 top-paid athletes, 4 spots forward of Williams, who has received 23 Grand Slam singles titles.
The whole record, because of be launched subsequent week, has now not featured two ladies since 2016, in line with the mag.
Williams, 38, have been the arena’s highest-paid feminine athlete in each and every of the previous 4 years. Sharapova dominated for the 5 years prior to that.
Williams had annual earning from $18 million to $29 million and has gathered just about $300 million, a lot of it in endorsement offers.
Osaka received back-to-back Grand Slam titles on the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open, her debatable and historical victory over Williams within the Flushing Meadows ultimate the primary Slam singles crown for a Japanese lady.
Osaka was once a well-liked endorsement determine in Japan forward of the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics and figures to stay a sponsorship dream via subsequent 12 months’s rescheduled Games.
Nike signed an attire care for Osaka remaining 12 months that paid her $10 million previously 12 months and runs via 2025. Other endorsement offers come with Nissan and Yonex racquets.
Since Forbes started monitoring ladies athletes’ source of revenue figures in 1990, tennis avid gamers have crowned the yearly record of feminine peak source of revenue earners annually.
Source: sports activities.ndtv.com