Naomi Osaka signs endorsement deal with Nissan

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

Osaka played an incredible match and was a gracious victor, despite a chorus of boos and jeers that erupted in the stadium when she clinched the win, mostly in response to umpire Carlos Ramos' calls.

Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka joins #Nissan as brand ambassador.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

Her 36-year-old opponent cleared that up for her with a whisper in her ear during the trophy presentation. Now, the 20-year-old Japanese-Haitian star could be destined for another first to the tune of $8.5 million per year. Osaka, who became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam victor, said she was crying when she heard the boos, because she thought they were aimed at her.

Osaka has landed another huge deal after beating Williams in the US Open final. "At the time, I did think that they were booing me".

Public attitudes are slowly changing as Japanese society becomes more integrated with the global economy, and the emergence of more ethnically mixed celebrities, especially in sport, is helping. She'll also be supported in her tennis activities, including being provided Nissan vehicles for her tour destinations.

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

"This week has been a dream come to life, and I'm so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage", Osaka said in a press release.

It's been announced that Osaka is now the newest brand ambassador for Nissan.

"I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't", she said. "So, I don't know, I just felt very emotional and I felt like I had to apologize".

"I've always thought that Kei (Nishikori) is a super good role model on the men's side and I wish that there was one on the women's side".

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