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After learning about Dogecoin on Twitter, Osaka approached her agent about investing in cryptocurrencies.
Naomi Osaka, a renowned professional tennis player from Japan, has been upfront about diversifying her cryptocurrency assets after becoming aware of the hoopla around Dogecoin (DOGE), which was mostly driven by Elon Musk.
In a recent Bloomberg interview, Osaka revealed that she has been in talks with her agent about cryptocurrencies after reading about Dogecoin and its possibility to “pop up.”
The tennis legend attributed Twitter’s crypto ecosystem to be the primary source of her interest in Dogecoin investments, way before she spoke to her agent about it.
Osaka has also joined the nonfungible token (NFT) space by launching a collection of rare tokens before the start of the U.S. Open tournament.
In April, Osaka released a six-piece collection of one-of-one NFTs in conjunction with her sister, Mari Osaka, that sold for about $600,000. The highest purchase price for one NFT was $200,200, which is now the most costly sold by a professional tennis player.
Soccer is another big sport that has maintained its interest in NFT. The Paris Saint-Germain soccer team recently launched PSG fan tokens, which became popular after great star Lionel Messi joined the club. Messi’s two-year contract with the club is said to contain PSG tokens as part of his compensation.
Aside from sports, large businesses such as Budweiser and Visa have begun to acquire NFTs rather than establishing their own tokens. NFTs have also received backing from renowned entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban, who has invested in developing “scalable AI infrastructure for NFTs.”
Mainstream performers, such as Kings of Leon, are also selling NFT-based albums, with over $2 million in sales. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda was one of the first major label artists to release a single as an NFT.