World No.2 Naomi Osaka has revealed she has been honoured with a Barbie doll as part of a special line for the world renown brand.
The four-time Grand Slam winner revealed the doll on her Instagram page, which is part of the 'role model' line aimed at honouring extraordinary women in their field.
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Osaka's doll comes with a tennis racquet and a ball and features the outfit she wore when she competed in the 2020 Australian Open final.
The World No.2, who is set to compete for Japan at the Tokyo Olympics after stepping away from the game for mental health reasons, said a dream had come true after announcing the collaboration.
"I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything," Osaka wrote, accompanied with a picture of the doll.
I first teamed up with @Barbie in 2019 and today we’re introducing the Barbie Role Model Naomi Osaka doll. I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything: https://t.co/GrPuW1WkMn
Fun fact : (the doll is wearing my outfit from the 2020 Australian Open lol) pic.twitter.com/DlL98lNfQj
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 12, 2021
Barbie announced they were happy to announce 'athlete and change maker' Osaka as their new role model in the series.
Olympic gold medallist Aly Riasman and cosmonaut Anna Kikina also feature in the line.
This isn't Osaka's first Barbie doll as she featured in the 'Sheroes' line back in 2019.
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Osaka recently took time away from the game, withdrawing from the French Open and skipping Wimbledon, on mental health grounds.
But in a piece for Time, Osaka has thanked a number of stars, including Michele Obama and Novak Djokovic, for lending their support during her time away from the game.
The Japanese star created a storm after refusing to participate in tennis' obligatory press conferences at Roland Garros, prompting a fine from tournament organisers and the threat of being banned from future tournaments if she continued to do so.
But in an essay in Time magazine’s Olympic preview issue, on sale Friday, Osaka wrote that she hopes “we can enact measures to protect athletes, especially the fragile ones,” and suggests they be allowed to sometimes skip media obligations without punishment.
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