Naomi Osaka ditches Adidas to sign new deal with rivals Nike

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World number one Naomi Osaka has signed a deal with sportswear giant Nike, who have pinched her from under the noses of rivals Adidas.

The Japanese star has won the last two Grand Slams and shot to prominence after resisting a Serena Williams meltdown in the final of the US Open last year.

She backed that up by claiming the Australian Open title this season, making her one of the most marketable women in sports.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” Osaka said in the statement on Nike’s website.

“Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

Nike vice president Amy Montagne added: “Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes.

“We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

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