Osaka recently confirmed that it will not compete in the Australian Open, which it won in 2019 and 2021.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka announced on Wednesday that she is pregnant. The news came days after she confirmed her decision not to compete in the Australian Open.
Osaka, a four-time world champion and former No. 1 player, shared a sonogram image and messages in English and Japanese on social media.
“I understand that life is so short and I don’t take any moment for granted, every day is a new blessing and adventure,” the 25-year-old wrote. “I know I have so many exciting things to do in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is my kid watching one of my matches and saying ‘that’s my mom’ to someone haha.”
Osaka, who won the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021, said she hopes to see her fans next year “because I’ll be at Aus 2024.”
She did not reveal an expected due date or other information, but said she “can’t wait to get back on the court” and that 2023 will be a year of many lessons.
Osaka has not played since September after withdrawing from the second round in Tokyo. She won her first round match at that tournament when Australian Daria Saville withdrew after one game due to a knee injury.
Osaka is one of several well-known athletes who have spoken out about mental health in sports. She took a break after missing the 2021 French Open and later said she struggled with depression and anxiety for several years.
Earlier in January, Osaka posted photos in Europe with her longtime boyfriend, American rapper Corday.