Tokyo [Japan]: Four-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 Naomi Osaka on Wednesday announced that she is pregnant with her first child and plans to return to tennis in 2024.
The 25-year-old revealed the news in a social media post, penning a heartfelt note to fans in both English and Japanese that accompanied a photo of a sonogram.
“Can’t wait to get back on the court, but here’s a little life update for 2023,” she wrote in a tweet.
WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon offered his best wishes to Osaka.
“The WTA family congratulates Naomi on this very special news. As she now embarks on this exciting next chapter in her life, we celebrate her becoming a mom and look forward to seeing her back on the court when she and the family are ready,” Steve Simon was quoted as saying by WTA.com.
American teenager Coco Gauff was among the peers to congratulate Osaka after her announcement.
Osaka says she hopes to come back better than ever to the Hologic WTA Tour in 2024, with a new young fan in tow.