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Netflix commissions Naomi Osaka docuseries

A docuseries focused on Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka is in the works at Netflix, from Endeavor Content-owned prodco Film 45. The untitled series will cover the multiple Grand Slam Champion’s ...
February 12, 2020

A docuseries focused on Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka is in the works at Netflix, from Endeavor Content-owned prodco Film 45.

The untitled series will cover the multiple Grand Slam Champion’s “pivotal year,” from the 2019 U.S. Open to her tour playing Grand Slams and preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Viewers will see Osaka (pictured) – embarking on a “journey of self discovery” — under moments of intense pressure and during the off-season, where she can be seen “digging into her interests.” Crews will also travel with the tennis star to Japan to understand her connection with the country she represents and the “reflections of her multi-cultural identity.”

With a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, she emigrated from Japan to the U.S. as a child, where she rose to the heights of international tennis. Osaka became the first Asian player to reach the No. 1 singles ranking after winning her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 U.S. Open and a second title at the 2019 Australian Open.

In association with Uninterrupted, an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, and produced by Film 45, the series is directed by Garrett Bradley (Alone, Time).

“To be able to tell my story and let people in during this big year, working with a team that really understands me, has been a rewarding experience. It won’t look like a traditional sports documentary, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone,” Osaka said in a statement.

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