By the Australian Open in January 2024, Naomi Osaka hopes to resume playing tennis. She recently disclosed that she is pregnant. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion who is 25 years old, posted a sonogram with the date Dec. 12 on social media on Wednesday. Later, the WTA Tour published a story about the pregnancy.
Naomi Osaka wrote in her article,
“One thing I’m looking forward to is for my daughter to watch one of my matches and say, “That’s my mom,” haha. I want to meet you folks in the beginning of the next year because I’ll be in Australia in 2024 because 2023 will be a year full of lessons for me.
When Osaka last competed, she was rated 47th in the world. In order to maintain her eligibility for direct admission into tournaments after her return, she might freeze her ranking during her absence.
Organisers of the Australian Open said last Sunday that Osaka, the Open winner in 2019 and 2021, won’t be competing in the important competition that gets underway the following week. No explanation was provided.
Osaka’s most recent contest saw her withdraw in the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September.
Daria Saville of Australia withdrew from the competition after just one game due to a knee injury, giving her the victory in their first-round encounter.
Osaka has lost three of her previous events, including the U.S. Open, where she is also a two-time champion, and has only won one complete match since May.
She had been viewed as unlikely to participate in the first Grand Slam of the season until last week. When she uploaded photos of her trip to Europe on social media with her American rapper boyfriend Cordae.
After skipping the 2021 French Open. Osaka took a mental health sabbatical before lighting the Tokyo Olympic cauldron and revealing that she had been battling depression and anxiety for years.