‘Something for Everyone’: Naomi Osaka Unveils Her Latest Apparel Collaboration With Nike

Published 01/10/2022, 10:37 PM EST
Tennis – WTA 250 – Melbourne Summer Set – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 5, 2022 Japan’s Naomi Osaka during a practice session REUTERS/Loren Elliott


4-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is back on the tour for good. After taking a hiatus from the sport last year for her mental health, she is now back and competing.

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However, things have changed for the 24-year-old. Now, she has stated that her only aim is to be happy with tennis this year. In that vein, perhaps she is no longer going to focus on the results of her matches. Instead, she will only play her own best tennis.

Now, she has unveiled her latest apparel collaboration with apparel giant Nike.

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Her latest collection is important to Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka signed on with apparel giant Nike back in 2019, for a $10 million per year deal. Since then, the Japanese star has had several apparel pieces with Nike.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning her second-round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland. REUTERS/Mike Segar.

Her latest collaboration with Nike is a series of sports apparel and the collab unsurprisingly focuses on tennis clothes. However, it isn’t just a regular batch of new threads, as Osaka has expressed that “it was important to her” personally.

The reigning Australian Open champion stated it was crucial that “there was something for everyone” in her new line. This translated to more versatile clothing line.

 

In fact, the collection also includes many gender-neutral pieces, which are applicable to both the male and female body types. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Osaka’s personal flair would be missing from the line.

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The pieces are in Osaka’s favorite colors. It is her collection after all. Additionally, they also include a camouflage print, something Osaka humorously mentions as her personal preference. “Of course, the camo print lol,” she tweeted in her announcement.

Osaka has revamped personal goals for 2022

Following her hiatus last year which came after her breakdown at a post-match conference, Osaka has revised her goals for this year.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after recording match point Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into the new year after her indefinite sabbatical, Naomi Osaka simply aims to be happy this time around. She talked about her goals, which have nothing to do with matches and their results anymore.

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Instead, Osaka wishes to play the best she can in every match, and not be too tied up with whether or not she wins her matches. This probably came after she realized that she had become too focused on results, and had forgotten what it feels like to simply enjoy tennis for what it is.

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Thus, her break from the sport allowed her to reconnect slowly with her passion, and why she played the sport in the first place.

At the end of the day, fans would never complain, as long as the champion continues to play. The community had certainly missed her sorely while she was gone!

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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