“Won a Slam Immediately”: Naomi Osaka Credits Her Customized Tennis Racquet Towards Her Success

Published 01/01/2021, 7:19 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


In recent years, the current world number three Naomi Osaka has been one of the great forces in women’s tennis. The young Japanese star has continued to impress fans as she constantly grows as a player. Although she’s just 23 years old, some of her accomplishments are commendable.

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Osaka was first noticed by people on a grand stage when she was up against Serena Williams. It surely was one of the greatest moments of her career to beat the American legend in her own backyard with the crowd supporting Williams.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Thirteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka always wanted a white elegant racquet

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Recently, during a Q&A session on Instagram, Osaka was asked about her favorite tennis racquet. To that, she said, “This white one. I always wanted an elegant white racquet and Yonex was nice enough to let me design one. Plus, I won a slam immediately playing with it.”

Naomi Osaka takes a keen interest in fashion, particularly, designing her outfits for various tennis tournaments. Finally, the Japanese could fulfill the idea of designing a tennis racquet.

She utilized her concept and customized a tennis racquet as per her liking. She even won the 2020 US Open using that designed racquet, beating Victoria Azarenka in the final.

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In her career so far, Osaka has won three majors, two of those titles coming at the US Open, and one at the Australian Open. In her quest for greatness, the former world no. 1 has reached new heights in the sport.

To be a three-time Grand Slam winner at the age of 23 indicates that she is going to do wonders. 

With the first Major of the new year beginning in February, the 2019 Australian Open champion will be seen on the tennis courts at Melbourne Park.  

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Rohan Kollare

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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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