Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is pregnant and will not play tennis again this year. The 25-year-old announced this on Wednesday. The Japanese woman published an ultrasound image on social networks showing a fetus. At the same time, she announced her comeback for the Australian Open in January 2024.
“I’m excited that one day my kid will see one of my games and say, ‘This is my mum,'” Osaka wrote. The former number one in the world rankings is in a relationship with rapper Cordae.
Recently there had been speculation about Osaka’s future. It became known that Tennis Australia was unable to determine Osaka’s whereabouts. In the past few weeks, she has repeatedly appeared alongside her boyfriend in Europe on social media.
Osaka has not competed in a WTA competition since withdrawing from a tournament in Tokyo due to abdominal pain last September, and the former leader has slipped to 42nd in the world rankings. She had previously failed in the first round of the French Open and the US Open.
Osaka had already spoken publicly about mental problems in 2021 and paused until the Olympic Games in their home country.