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The Japanese-American athlete won her first game of the tennis tournament against Patricia Maria Tig this morning and finished with a 6-4, 7-6 win. Osaka previously defeated Serena Williams and Jennifer Brady in the Australia Open Final in February, commemorating their second Open win and fourth Grand Slam title.

Naomi Osaka at the French Open 2021.

CREDIT: KCS Presse / MEGA

Naomi Osaka at the French Open 2021.

CREDIT: KCS Presse / MEGA

The tennis star took the place in a full Nike ensemble. Osaka, an athlete and ambassador for the Nike brand since last April, wore a gray and white NikeCourt dress with mesh inserts for the occasion. For shoes, she chose the NikeCourt Air Zoom GP Turbo style, which she designed together with the Swoosh. The style features numerous purple batik colors as well as a chunky sole and Swoosh logos dusted with Swarovski crystals. The pair is currently priced at $ 175 on Nike.com.

The athlete’s win at the French Open contributes to her numerous victories in recent months as well as her promising tennis career. Osaka is only 23 years old but is officially the highest paid athlete in the world with a profit of $ 55 million in 2020, Sportico said. Osaka also recently signed as an ambassador for Louis Vuitton, who appeared in the brand’s spring 2021 campaign while also winning the Australia Open 2021.

Osaka’s fashion career is on the rise too, not just as a Louis Vuitton ambassador. The tennis player has worked on two sneaker collaborations with Nike and Commes Des Garcons, was previously under contract with Adidas and was recently announced as co-chair for the 2021 Met Gala along with Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet and Amanda Gorman. She just released her second Nike apparel collection this week and signed a deal with watch company Citizen.

Naomi Osaka wins her first match at the 2021 French Open.

CREDIT: KCS Presse / MEGA

Since taking the tennis world by storm, Osaka has also become known for her advocacy for social justice like the Black Lives Matter movement. Last September, on the first day of the US Open, Osaka drew attention to the murder of Breonna Taylor by wearing a face mask adorned with her name. The month before, Osaka also announced their intention to withdraw from the semifinals of the Western and Southern Open following the shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23, 2020.

“As a black woman, I feel that there are much more important things that require more immediate attention than watching me play tennis, “Osaka wrote on Twitter on Aug. 26. I don’t gamble, but if I can start a conversation in a white-majority sport, I think that’s a step in the right direction. “

Osaka has also partnered with Nike to launch the Play Academy for Young Girls with Naomi Osaka – a girls-only sports program in collaboration with Nike and Laureus Sport for Good. The program aims to improve the playing field by changing the game for girls, Osaka said in a comment.

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