Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka made an investment in a soccer club. She has in fact bought a share of the North Carolina Courage, a team from the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of US women's football.
The announcement came from the same company with a note and a video on its website explaining that "Naomi is the first investor in the Courage since Steve Malik acquired control of the company in 2017 and moved it to the North Carolina."
In addition to being united by the desire to believe in women, one of the feelings that binds North Carolina to its president and owner is the last word of the team name: courage. And the video created to welcome Naomi Osaka and published on the team's official social accounts is a demonstration of this.
From the fight for and with women to Black Lives Matter, there are many meanings relaunched and represented by the union of courage between Naomi Osaka and the North Carolina Courage.
A curiosity: from 2022 the famous Japanese tennis player could challenge her rival, Serena Williams, even on the soccer field. The latter, in fact, is part of a group of backers from the Angels City, Los Angeles team, which will join the National Women’s Soccer League next year.
Naomi Osaka buys a women's soccer team
Osaka made the news public with an Instagram post accompanied by these words: "I was reflecting on the fact that the women who believed in me made me who I am today. I don't really know where I would be without them.
I feel I have received a lot of love from my colleagues throughout my career. So, now I am proud to tell you that I became the owner of the North Carolina Courage and will continue to return the love I have received over the years.
I am thrilled to be collecting the legacy of women's empowerment," Naomi Osaka wrote immediately upon acquiring the club. Meanwhile, in a day full of performances, in Adelaide, the great protagonists of ATP and WTA Tours such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are finally back on the court, with the crowd filling the stands of the stadium.
In the women's exhibition, Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka, a great rival in recent years, in the super tiebreak of the third set. The match ended with the final result of 6-2 2-6 10-7. The two tenists both showed excellent form, alternating super shots with some mistakes.
But both seem ready to play the highly anticipated Australian Open in Melbourne, which will begin on February 8th, with the likely presence of the crowd in the stands of the courts. We have to recall that in the other challenge, Simona Halep beat the home star Ashleigh Barty with the final score of 3-6 6-1 10-8 in three sets, again after the super tie-break.