Naomi Osaka reveals she is pregnant

Mildred Europa Taylor January 11, 2023
Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has disclosed that she is pregnant with her first child. Her announcement comes days after she withdrew from the Australian Open. The 25-year-old posted a picture of a baby scan on social media on Wednesday. 

“Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023,” she wrote. “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. 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 moment 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 my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom’.”

The four-time major champion said she plans to return to action at next year’s Australian Open. “2023 will be a year that’s full of lessons for me and I hope to see you guys at the start of the next one because I’ll be at Aus 2024. Love you all infinitely,” she added.

Osaka has not played since the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September last year. She has been dating American rapper Cordae since 2019. She posted pictures on social media of a trip to Europe with Cordae last week. 

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