Naomi Osaka Pens Wonderful Message to Ons Jabeur After Signing Her

Naomi Osaka Pens Wonderful Message to Ons Jabeur After Signing Her

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:21 PM
  • Current world number two Ons Jabeur ditched Top Five to sign for sports agency Evolve
  • Evolve is owned by fellow tennis star Naomi Osaka who is also the richest female athlete
  • It is unknown when Osaka will make a comeback to the court after being injured last year

Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka has once again shown her business acumen, by signing Tunisian prodigy Ons Jabeur to her own agency.

Jabeur becomes the latest personality to join Osaka's sports management agency Evolve, after Australia's Nick Kyrgios last year.

Naomi Osaka, Ons Jabeur, Evolve Sports Agency, WTA
Japan's Naomi Osaka hugs Tunisia's Ons Jabeur after their women's singles match on day five of the Australian Open in Melbourne on February 12, 2021. Photo by Paul CROCK.
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Osaka's foreseeable future in tennis remains in doubt, as she continues to play her cards close to her chest. She has not participated in any Word Tennis Association (WTA) events to signal a return to the court.

She picked up an Achilles tendon injury in September of last year, and it remains unknown when she will be ready to compete again.

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Evolve: Osaka's sports agency

But despite her absence on the court, the former world number one has continued to make strides in the business world.

As reports, she launched Evolve last year and thus became the first elite female athlete to take control of her own business affairs.

The four-time Grand Slam champion is the highest-paid female athlete according to 2022 figures. After signing Jabeur, the Japanese star wrote on Twitter:

"I first met Ons at the WTA Rising Stars event in 2015 and my immediate thought while interacting with her was, ‘Wow, she’s the nicest person I’ve ever met'.
She added: "Over the years, watching her rise through the tour and become the star that she is, has been incredibly joyful to watch and I can’t wait to see her create more history and ascend even higher."

Jabeur is a Tunisian tennis star currently ranked number two in the world. She reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year.

Evolve has been described as a multi-pronged company that deals with brand partnerships and creating athlete-owned businesses.

Former tennis star on injuries

Sports Brief has previously reported that former US Open champion, Juan Martin Del Potro shed light on his struggle with persistent knee injuries.

Del Potro retired from tennis at the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, in his home country of Argentina, in February this year.

It was the first time the tennis star made a return to the court after sustaining a broken kneecap in June 2019. He has since undergone a number of surgeries.

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