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Naomi Osaka reveals she is pregnant but looks forward to returning to tennis next year

The four-time Grand Slam winner says the last few months away from the sport has given her a new love and appreciation for tennis

Naomi Osaka at the 2022 WTA Toray Pan Pacific in Tokyo Naomi Osaka at the 2022 WTA Toray Pan Pacific in Tokyo Image Credit: Aflo / Panoramic

Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka announced on Wednesday that she was pregnant with her first child in social media post, in which she also said she is looking forward to getting back to the sport next year.

Osaka posted a picture of her sonogram with the caption “Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023” on social media.

“The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that its the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun,” Osaka wrote in the post.

The 25-year-old former world No 1 had pulled out of next week’s Australian Open just a few days ago, leading many to wonder if she was walking away from the sport which has made her the highest earning female athlete in the world.

But in her post, she reveals she has been missing the sport and will be back at next year’s Australian Open, where she is a two-time champion.

“These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to. I realize that life is so short and I don’t take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure. 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,’ haha,”. 2023 will be a year full of lessons for me, and I hope I’ll see you guys at the start of the next one cause I will be back at the Australian Open 2024. Love you all infinitely. I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path to take in life but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions you’ll find your way eventually.”

Osaka has been dating rapper Cordae since 2019.

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