Naomi Osaka has confirmed that she is expecting a child, and she has said that she may compete again in tennis in 2024.
On Wednesday afternoon, Osaka announced the news on social media with a picture of a sonogram and remarks written in both Japanese and English.
Osaka stated in an Instagram post, “I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, and one thing that I’m looking forward to is for my baby to watch one of my matches and say to someone, “That’s my mom.”
After beating Serena Williams, one of the most dominant players on the field, in the final match of the 2018 U.S. Open, the tennis prodigy, who is just 25 years old, shot to the forefront of the sport.
Naomi Osaka swiftly became one of only a select group of players to ever win their first four Grand Slam titles with consecutive triumphs at the Australian Open in 2019, the U.S. Open in 2020, and the Australian Open in 2021. These victories came in fast succession for Osaka.
After withdrawing from the 2021 French Open because of issues with her mental health, the female athlete who earns the most money in the world made a public statement discussing her troubles.
When she told everyone that she wouldn’t make the required media appearances, officials threatened to kick her out of the competition and fine her $15,000.
Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023. pic.twitter.com/GYXRnutU3I— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 11, 2023
In addition, following Osaka’s defeat in the 2021 U.S. Open, she said that she will retire from tennis for an undetermined period of time. Osaka has received a lot of public plaudits from other athletes for being so honest about her issues with her mental health.
Osaka informed the media in attendance at a press conference, “I honestly do not know when I am going to play my next tennis match.” “I feel like I need a vacation from playing for a little while, so I’m going to go ahead and do that.”
Naomi Osaka has already said that she will not compete in the 2023 Australian Open before Wednesday’s announcement, so this news comes as no surprise.
Naomi Osaka, on the other hand, said in the message she published on social media that she would almost certainly take part in the Australian Open in 2024.
It will be Osaka’s first time competing on a tennis court since she withdrew from the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September due to illness. This will be the first time she has played since then.
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Osaka has also contemplated the time she has spent away from the sport she plays. Osaka made the announcement that she will be starting her own sports agency in the month of May. Osaka is also the author of a book for youngsters that was published one month ago.
“The previous few years have been intriguing, to say the least,” Osaka said on Wednesday. She added that the months-long absence led to “a new love and respect for the game I’ve given my life to.” “I feel that the most difficult moments in life may be the most enjoyable,” Osaka said.
Since 2019, Osaka has been romantically involved with the rapper Cordae, who has been nominated for a Grammy. In a spread for GQ that came out in 2021, the couple talked about how they met at a Los Angeles Clippers game and how their relationship grew from there.
Naomi Osaka told the magazine that she was remembering the support that her boyfriend offered her when she was in quarantine for the U.S. Open in 2020 and said, “I feel like he really helped me win just by, like, keeping up the motivation.”
On Wednesday, Naomi Osaka closed her statement by writing, “I don’t believe there’s a completely ideal route to pursue in life, but I’ve always thought that if you go ahead with positive motives, you’ll discover your path ultimately.”