Naomi Osaka: Four-time Grand Slam champion to launch own sports agency

Naomi Osaka has confirmed she is leaving IMG to start her own sports agency;

the 24-year-old is a four-time Grand Slam champion and was the first player from Japan to win a major; 

Osaka: "Evolve is the natural next step in my journey as both an athlete and businesswoman"

Osaka, 24, confirmed on Wednesday that she is leaving IMG to launch Evolve, with her long-time agent Stuart Duguid.

The first player for Japan to win a Grand Slam, Osaka has emerged as a leading advocate for athlete mental health 

and wellbeing since she pulled out of the French Open a year ago and disclosed she had been suffering from depression for years.

"I've spent my career doing things my way, even when people told me that it wasn't what was expected or traditional," Osaka told Sportico.