“Unlike any other in the sport”- Nick Kyrgios joins hands with Naomi Osaka’s new-found agency EVOLVE

The 2022 Australian Open doubles champion is the first client to sign a representation deal with the organization co-founded by Naomi Osaka.

Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka
Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka

On Monday, Evolve, the sports agency revealed that it had signed charismatic, captivating, and polarising tennis player Nick Kyrgios as its first-ever client. In May, Naomi Osaka co-founded Evolve with agent Stuart Duguid, who formerly represented the four-time Grand Slam champion at IMG for almost six years.

Evolve advertises itself as a diverse firm specialising in brand collaborations, investment, athlete-owned enterprises, and philanthropy. In collaboration with Kyrgios’ manager Daniel Horsfall, Duguid will represent Nick Kyrgios in all of his on- and off-court endeavours.

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“Kyrgios embodies the types of athletes we want to work with”- Naomi Osaka

Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka
Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka

“Kyrgios embodies the types of athletes we want to work with at Evolve,” Naomi 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.”

“When I learned that Stuart and Naomi were starting an agency focused on supporting athletes like me, it made complete sense to join,” Nick Kyrgios said. “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 to continue building on what we’ve started and push the game of tennis forward,” added Kyrgios has had a strong start to the grass season, reaching the semi-finals of both the Stuttgart Open and the Halle Open, the latter of which saw him instruct a ball boy to “run properly.”

“Nick is the most talented and entertaining tennis player on the tour, bar none,” said Stuart Duguid, who will now represent Kyrgios in all of his dealings alongside the Australian’s manager, Daniel Horsfall. “His energy is infectious. And love or hate him, you definitely can’t keep your eyes off him. If you go to any junior tennis tournament you will see Nick’s influence in a second. For Gen Z and younger, he is absolutely the icon.”

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