The sports apparel giant – which signed a sponsorship deal with Osaka in 2019 – in a statement on Monday lauded the athlete, who spoke about her struggle with depression.
Naomi said, “Our condolences are with Naomi. We support her and recognize her courage to share her mental health experience.”
Other sponsors issued statements in support of Osaka, who was born in Japan and grew up in the United States.
Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer says it supports its brand Ambassador “in a victorious but also during a challenging period.”
The company said in a statement, “Naomi is going through a difficult time and we really look forward to seeing her back soon. She is a great champion and we are confident that she will come out of this period stronger, no matter what.” Be it professionally or personally.”
Nissin Foods, a Japanese company known for its instant noodles, also issued a message of solidarity.
“We wish Naomi Osaka a speedy recovery and wish her success,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
Japanese automaker Nissan also threw its weight behind Osaka. “We support the right of our ambassadors to express themselves and stand by their decisions,” the company said in a statement.
Tokyo-based airline All Nippon Airways said it would also continue to support Osaka “as a sponsor”.
SweetGreen, an American restaurant chain of which Osaka is a brand ambassador and investor, said: “Our partnership with Naomi is rooted in wellness in all its forms. We support her in advancing the conversation about mental health and She is proud to be a part of the Sweetgreen team.”
— Chris Liakos, Chi Kobayashi and Michelle Toh contributed reporting.
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