Japan’s three-times Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka has invested in US women’s football team the North Carolina Courage to become a team owner.Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka.

“The women who have invested in me growing up made me who I am today, I don’t know where I would be without them,” Osaka, the world number three, wrote on Twitter.

Osaka, 23, was named Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete in May last year when she surpassed her idol Serena Williams, raking in $US37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over 12 months.

Courage, founded in 2017 by Stephen Malik who acquired the franchise rights from 2016 champions Western New York Flash, won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019 after moving to North Carolina.

Osaka, who won the US Open last year, has used her standing in the sport to fight for racial justice and at every round of the tournament in New York she wore masks bearing the names of Black Americans who had been killed.

-Reuters

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