Naomi Osaka has teamed up with Takashi Murakami, designing a limited edition Yonex tennis racket and corresponding bag.
The racket features the well-known Murakami flower along with a playful bear and kangaroo motif, tying it together honoring Japan by adding cherry blossoms.
In an interview Osaka states, “Takashi is one of my favorite artists and we started messaging each other on Instagram a couple of years ago. We were both talking about something cool to work on together, so I suggested that we collaborate on my racket for the U.S. Open… and here we are!”
The racket will make its debut in the forthcoming U.S. Open in New York.