“Really Big Honor For Me”: Naomi Osaka Thrilled to See Marcus Rashford Showcasing her Logo

Published 03/28/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her quarter final match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Loren Elliott

A picture of Rashford has gone viral on social media showing the ace striker wearing a beanie engraved with the initials ‘NO’. Women’s tennis superstar Naomi Osaka opened up on England and Manchester United soccer star Marcus Rashford sporting one of her signature merchandise.


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The image came as a glowing affirmation on Osaka’s rising stock as a champion not just on a tennis court but also off it.

A picture went viral showing soccer star Marcus Rashford sporting a beanie Naomi Osaka’s initials


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Currently ranked Number 2 in singles, the Japanese did her burgeoning reputation no harm by clinching her second Australian Open title this year. In the process, she became only the second woman since Maria Sharapova to win four Grand Slam trophies.

With her rise in the women’s game, brand ‘Naomi Osaka’ has also reached stratospheric heights, with top brands jostling to have her on their endorsement books.

The 23-year-old Japanese, who rose from one of many aspiring tennis stars to fame, fandom and riches in the sport, has emerged as a role model for many.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

On her rising fandom, even among soccer stars, Osaka said, “For me, I feel like I’m living my life. So I can’t really observe it from an outside point of view.”

However, she added that she was delighted to see an “athlete” of Rashford’s standing sporting her “Nike stuff”.

Naomi Osaka says she’d never seen such a famous athlete wear her “Nike stuff” before

The beanie is part of the global merchandise that has been designed by the sportswear giant, her apparel partner.

“It was really cool to see him wearing the beanie, because I’ve never really seen a famous athlete wear my Nike stuff before,” the World Number 2 said.

“It was a really big honor for me,” she said, adding that she was “super happy”.


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Osaka outgunned her idol and 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, on the way to lifting the Australian Open this year. The semi-final loss consigned the 39-year-old American to yet another fruitless Grand Slam and short of the legendary Margaret Court’s career tally of Major trophies.


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The Japanese launched her Miami Open campaign with a straight-set win over promising Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.