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Advantage, Osaka: Tennis players plagued by glaring income gap

Lower-ranked players struggle as pandemic suspends the season

Naomi Osaka earned $37.4 million over the past year, according to Forbes -- a record for a female athlete -- thanks to lucrative sponsorships.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- There are always winners and losers in sports, but tennis is particularly unforgiving in that the performance gap is directly reflected in players' incomes.

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