Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competitors in 2024, the tennis star introduced Wednesday.
The former world No. 1 posted what she known as “a little life update for 2023” on social media, together with an image of an ultrasound.
The 25-year-old Osaka has been courting Cordae, a rapper, for years.
“I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom,’” Osaka wrote.
Osaka hasn’t performed a aggressive match since September and withdrew from the Australian Open, which begins Sunday. She has received that match twice, together with two U.S. Open championships.
She has taken psychological well being breaks in recent times and didn’t play once more after the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, shortly after falling within the first spherical of the U.S. Open. Osaka stated the few months away have given her “a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to.”
Ash Barty, the 2022 Australian Open champion, introduced final week she was pregnant. She retired final yr whereas holding the No. 1 rating.
But Osaka stated she’s going to return to tennis and plans to be in Melbourne subsequent yr for the beginning of the Grand Slam season.
“2023 will be a year that’ll be full of lessons for me and I hope I’ll see you guys in the start of the next one cause I’ll be at Aus 2024,” Osaka wrote. “Love you all infinitely.”
Osaka closed by saying she doesn’t know if there’s a wonderfully appropriate path in life, however that “if you move forward with good intentions you’ll find your way eventually.”
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