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Osaka drops Adidas and signs with Nike

5th April 2019, 12:24 by Simon Barlow

Women's world number one Naomi Osaka has dropped Adidas and signed up to wear Nike gear on court.

The US sports apparel giant announced the news that they had signed up the 21-year-old - the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles - on Friday.

Previously tied to clothing rival Adidas, Osaka will first wear Nike gear at the Stuttgart Grand Prix later this month.

"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," said Osaka in a statement.

"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."

The Osaka-born right-hander has won the last two Grand Slams at Flushing Meadows and Melbourne Park and overtook Simona Halep at the top of the WTA rankings in January after her success at the Australian Open.

Despite winning the title, she parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin following the tournament.

"Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes," Nike vice-president Amy Montagne added in the statement. "We are thrilled to have her join our team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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