Naomi Osaka graces 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover


Naomi Osaka can add Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover star to her growing list of accomplishments.

The magazine unveiled the tennis phenom’s historic cover on Monday.

“I’m so proud to be the first Japanese and Haitian woman to grace one of the covers,” Osaka told Sports Illustrated in a video released by the publication.

Osaka has garnered public acclaim in recent months for her candor and outspokenness on mental health. The tennis star will return to the court at the Tokyo Olympics after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon.

Osaka’s Swimsuit Issue will be released alongside additional covers featuring Megan Thee Stallion and Leyna Bloom. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands on July 22.