World No.1 Naomi Osaka has joined the Nike roster of athletes.
The announcement came just hours after Osaka was a guest as the LA Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors - and was spotted chatting to injured superstar LeBron James, another Nike athlete.
The pair had met previously, just after Osaka's triumph at the US Open.
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"Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes," said Amy Montagne, Nike's VP, GM of Global Categories. "We are thrilled to have her join our team."
Osaka is a two-time Grand Slam champion, and the first Japanese player to reach the No.1 spot.
The 21-year-old said she was "proud" to sign the deal, which begins this week; her first tournament in Nike gear will be the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, starting on April 22.