Naomi Osaka is one of Japan’s top professional tennis players. She has been thinking about diversifying her cryptocurrency investments after spotting the Dogecoin (DOGE) hype which was largely led by Elon Musk. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Naomi disclosed that she spoke to her agent about cryptocurrencies after she read about Dogecoin and the possibility of its emergence. She said:
“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.”
The tennis legend called the Twitter crypto ecosystem the main source of her interest in investing in Dogecoin long before she spoke to her agent about the matter. Naomi Osaka also entered the non-fungible token (NFT) space. She launched her own collection of rare tokens prior to the start of the US Open tournament. In April this year, in collaboration with her sister, Mari Osaka, Naomi released a six-piece collection of one-of-one NFTs. They all were together sold for almost $600,000.
Besides that, the highest purchase amount for one NFT was a whopping $200,200. At present, this is the most expensive amount NFT by a professional tennis player. The NFT piece which is named “Finding What Was Lost”, is Naomi Osaka’s favorite piece out of the six of them. She describes the NFT by saying, “While she may occasionally lose her way, Naomi always manages to find herself back on the path she has been searching for.”
The Booming NFT Space
This is not the end. There is yet another major sport that has shown unstoppable interest in the NFT space and that is soccer. The Paris Saint-Germain football team recently issued a PSG fan card. It became popular when the legendary player Lionel Messi joined the club.
The two-year contract of Messi with this club also involves PSG tokens as part of his payment. Beyond sports, big brands like Budweiser and Visa have also started acquiring NFTs instead of creating their own tokens.
The boom in the NFT space is also because of the constant support from top entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban. Mark Cuban invested in building “scalable AI infrastructure for NFTs”. Lastly, popular musicians like Kings of Leon are also showing interest in NFT-based album sales, with total revenues exceeding $2 million. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda was one of the first major artists to release a single in the form of an NFT.