Tennis star Osaka launches media company with NBA’s LeBron James
Japanese tennis ace Naomi Osaka revealed on social media on Tuesday that she and her longtime agent Stuart Duguid are teaming up with NBA star LeBron James and getting into the entertainment business.
Naomi Osaka. (Getty/Kyodo)
The four-time Grand Slam champion said on Instagram that her media company is called Hana Kuma, which translates to “flower bear” in Japanese, and already has projects lined up with cable channel Epix and The New York Times owned by Amazon.
Osaka, 24, who along with Duguid announced the launch of her own sports agency last month, said Hana Kuma will focus on culturally specific stories but also have universal messages. These stories would be “bold and playful” like her, she said.
“I’ve built my career on taking a different approach than those around me and because my journey has been so different, it’s opened my eyes to all the amazing stories that go untold,” he said. writes Osaka.
Osaka has been more active off the court than this year, dropping out of the French Open in the first round and withdrawing from the upcoming Wimbledon due to an Achilles injury.
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