“Like To Take Risks When It Comes To Fashion”: Naomi Osaka Reveals Japanese Designers As Her Inspiration

Published 04/13/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


In recent years, Naomi Osaka has emerged as one of the fastest-growing players in tennis. The Japanese sensation has managed to earn a fair amount of success, both on the courts and off it too. At such a young age, she is seen as a role model for new budding talents. 

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Recently, Naomi Osaka spoke about her fondness for Japanese designer wear. Fashion is an important part of her life, and she pays keen attention while selecting her outfits. However, when she is in Japan, it becomes tough for her to roam freely in public as her popularity is high in the region. 

Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a forehand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Naomi Osaka has worn a cap or wig to hide her identity

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There have been times when the youngster has been forced to hide her identity by sporting a cap or a wig. Naomi stated, “Since I have spent a lot of time in Japan in my teens and early adult life, those memories are clearer than my early childhood. It’s a bit more difficult to go out publicly in Japan than it used to be. So sometimes I disguise myself in a cap and wig.”

Osaka likes to experiment with various styles and take risks in fashion. When in Japan, she prefers going to a couple of selected places to shop.

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The Japanese athlete added, “Fashion is a huge passion of mine, and so I love shopping in places like Harajuku and Shibuya. My own style is also heavily influenced by Japanese designers and fashion. I like to take risks when it comes to fashion and that is definitely inspired by Japan.”

Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a backhand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Osaka won her second Australian Open title this season. After her stint in Melbourne, she climbed up on the ranking and became the world’s second-best player. Later, she was on a 23-match unbeaten streak, which ended at the Miami Open. As the focus now shifts to clay, she will be seen at the different clay court events. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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