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25-Year-Old Naomi Osaka Made An Estimated $51.1M In 2022, And Only $1.1M Came From Tennis

Naomi Osaka


Naomi Osaka’s inspiration from Serena Williams, as well as her guidance from the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, represents a full circle moment.

In 2021, the 25-year-old openly thanked Williams for paving the way for a young Black woman tennis player like herself.


“If I were to retire from tennis, I would want people to remember me with how I acted towards people and how I interacted. For example, Serena. Her legacy is more than her being Serena. I started playing because of her,” Osaka shared on HBO’s “The Shop.” I’m sure there’s so many other girls that started playing because of her…she literally built champions. And I think passing it down is how the newer generations get inspired.”

It’s no secret that Williams has passed the torch to those who have followed in her footsteps. However, it is reflected not only on the court but also in the numbers.

According to Forbes, Osaka and Williams were the only two women on the list of the world’s 50 highest-paid athletes. Furthermore, since 2020, her annual earnings have exceeded Williams’.

With $51.1 million in earnings for 2022, Osaka ranked first on Forbes’ list of the world’s 25 highest-paid female athletes for the third year in a row.

Williams’ earnings totaled $41.3 million.

Osaka earned $1.1 million on the court and $50 million off the court.

According to the outlet, only six athletes on Forbes’ 2022 athlete list earned more than her $50 million off the field.

“Now, a new generation of marketable sports stars is maturing and earning millions,” the outlet wrote. “In fact, eight of 2022’s top-earning female athletes earned at least $10 million, more than doubling the number from the previous year and the first time more than seven women have reached that milestone since Forbes introduced the ranking in 2008.”








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