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Naomi Osaka pursues crypto interest by releasing rare NFT

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka discussed the potential opportunities and the NFT she recently released in an interview with Bloomberg last August 31. Aside from her career as a professional athlete, Osaka is looking to make investments in the world of crypto and in her NFT which was released in April 2021.  

‘I was actually just talking with my agent about cryptocurrencies. I know that online, everything is getting bigger. I remember reading about Dogecoin, there’s going to be something new and interesting that’s going to pop up,’ she shared.

Osaka also said that she has long been interested in digital assets before anyone told her about it. Since Dogecoin started making headlines on Twitter and other online platforms, this became her avenue to learn more about crypto. 

Osaka talked about her reasons as to why she’s interested in crypto. ‘As athletes, our career isn’t that long, and so I just like being very smart with it. I like when my agent tells me there are opportunities’. 

She also uses her mentality as an athlete in terms of her investments, talking about the idea of trying something new and getting back up if you don’t succeed. ‘In a weird way, I like to fail a little bit because it makes you understand what didn’t work out and why.’

Her interest in digital assets has allowed her to explore more opportunities in the fintech industry and even release a rare NFT with her sister, Mari Osaka. It was a six-piece collection where the most expensive one titled ‘Finding What Was Lost’ was sold for $200,000.

Their joint NFT was released last April 2021 and hit the markets before Osaka started competing in the U.S. Open. These included collectables that were signed by both Naomi and Mari on the Tom Brady autograph platform. These were first sold at an auction, where the collective selling price reached $600,000. 

Osaka is one of the highest-paid female athletes in the world, even overcoming the likes of tennis legend Serena Williams. In the meantime, she will continue to compete in tennis tournaments. Her upcoming match on September 2 with Olga Danilovic is one of the awaited events in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. 

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