Naomi OsakaMore has decided to invest in Pickleball, like many other stars in the sport and beyond. The Japanese star has been the world’s highest-paid female athlete for three consecutive years, with an estimated earnings of $59.2 million in 2022.
Even NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant did it. New investors should also include Nick Kyrgios, NBA super agent Rich Paul, billionaire Soichiro Minami and Matthew Pritzker, a member of the billionaire Pritzker family.
Major League Pickleball, which fielded eight teams for its inaugural 2021 season and grew to 12 in 2022, will add 12 more franchises in 2023 as the sport rapidly expands.
Pickleball, a sport often described as a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, was invented in 1965 and has gained a following among older adults because it only requires short bursts of running.
But in recent years, it has attracted a much larger fan base. Major League Pickleball was one of three pickleball leagues that competed for players, events, and dollars, along with the Professional Pickleball Association and the Association of Pickleball Professionals.
It certainly wasn’t a 2022 to remember for Naomi Osaka who failed to make it big in any tournament she entered. In fact, the Japanese is ranked 41st in the world ranking, far from the golden years that had seen her excel at the Slams (four slams, two at the Australian Open and two at the US Open) and, consequently, , lead the women’s classification. rankings
In 2021, after refusing to attend the post-race press conference at Roland Garros due to mental health issues, he decided not to participate in interviews anymore. The Japanese spoke to the media again during a show last week and now, instead, she has posted a thought on Net-A-Porter talking about how difficult it was for her to face the press after losing a game.
She wrote: «One of the hardest parts was, right after a loss, going into the press room and talking to the media, answering questions about why I had played poorly or what I could have done better, and being asked how It feels… to have lost the game.
None of these conversations are pleasant, but especially after a loss. It’s like pouring salt into a wound.»