Nick Kyrgios has joined forces with Naomi Osaka, announced as the first player to sign with the Japanese tennis star’s new sports agency.
Osaka split with prominent agency IMG in May before co-founding Evolve alongside her former agent Stuart Duguid.
The agency was created with a focus on creating athlete-owned businesses, growing brand partnerships and encouraging philanthropy.
It is unsurprising that Kyrgios has made the switch, with Duguid also a long-time agent of his.
“When I learned that Stuart and Naomi were starting an agency focused on supporting athletes like me, it made complete sense to join,” Kyrgios said in a statement.
“I have consistently tried to do things differently throughout my career and bring my entire personality to the game of tennis.
“I’m excited to work with Stuart and Naomi and continue building on what we’ve started and push the game of tennis forward.”
It is not the first time that Kyrgios and Osaka have teamed up, with the pair seen training together earlier this year.
They were also rumoured to be playing mixed doubles at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, but that has not come to fruition.
Osaka has since shared her excitement in welcoming the 27-year-old Australian to her agency.
“Kyrgios embodies the types of athletes we want to work with at Evolve,” Osaka told Boardroom.
“He’s got an unmatched style, passion, and personality that is unlike any other in the sport.
“We have some big things in the pipeline for him that are very unique and pioneering.”
Kyrgios – currently ranked No. 45 in singles – has enjoyed a strong return to form, reaching consecutive semi-finals at grass tournaments in Germany.
He most recently lost to eventual champion Hubert Hurkacz in a thrilling three-setter at the Halle Open.
The Canberran will play another tournament in Mallorca this week before heading to Wimbledon, where he will be an unseeded entrant.