Naomi Osaka announces pregnancy and says she will compete in Australian Open 2024

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is pregnant with her first child announced on Twitter on Wednesday and plans to return to the Australian Open in 2024.

Osaka’s announcement comes three days after the Australian Open announced their withdrawal from this year’s tournament. The 25-year-old made no statement at the time.

“I know I have so much to look forward to in the future. One thing I’m looking forward to is my kid seeing one of my games and saying to someone, ‘This is my mom,’ haha,” Osaka wrote on Twitter. “2023 will be a year of lessons for me and I hope to see you guys early next year as I will be at Aus 2024. I love you all infinitely.”

Osaka, who won the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021, has not played a tournament since September, when she lost at the Toray Pan Pacific Open citing abdominal pain.

She took two breaks in 2021, the first coming at the French Open after revealing her concerns about post-match press conferences. She explained in a statement at the time how she’d been struggling with depression and going through “huge waves of anxiety” since the 2018 US Open, before speaking to the media.

Osaka sat at Wimbledon that summer but represented Japan at the Tokyo Olympics, where she lit the Olympic cauldron and later lost in the third round. She turned to Grand Slam action at the US Open, where she was the defending champion, and was upset by teenage Leylah Fernandez in the third round. After the defeat, Osaka said she didn’t know when she would play tennis again.

Her second stint outside of sport ended last January when Osaka attended the 2022 Australian Open to defend her title. However, she lost in the third round to American Amanda Anisimova. After an injury-plagued 2022 season, Osaka is ranked 47th in the WTA Rankings.

(Photo: Robert Deutsch / USA Today)

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