Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who will not compete in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, announced this Wednesday that she is pregnant, but promised to return to the courts in 2024.
“I can’t wait to get back on the court, but here’s a little life update for 2023″the two-time Australian Open champion (2019 and 2021) wrote on social media in a post illustrated with an ultrasound photo.
In the same post, Osaka said that one of the things she’s most looking forward to in the future is her son seeing one of her gatherings and “saying to someone, ‘That’s my mom.’
“2023 will be a year full of lessons for me and Hope to see you early next because I will be in Australia in 2024.“.
On Sunday, the former world number one, aged 25, withdrew from the Major, which will be held in Melbourne from January 16 to 29, but the reason became known only now.
The current 47th player in the WTA hierarchy has not played an official match since withdrawing from the Tokyo tournament in September due to abdominal pain.
Osaka is one of the biggest names in women’s tennis having won two US Open titles (2018 and 2020).