While she recently gave up participating in the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka announced via social networks that she is pregnant and will spend the entire year 2023 away from the courts.
Naomi Osaka at my end au suspense. Absent from the WTA circuit since her package in the round of 16 of the Tokyo tournament, the former world number 1 was expected at the start of the 2023 season in Melbourne to take part in the Australian Open. However, this Sunday, the organizers of the first round of the Grand Slam announced that the Japanese had chosen to withdraw from the tournament, her place in the table going at the same time to the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska.
At this time, the reasons for the withdrawal of the one who points to 47th place in the WTA rankings have not been made public. The 25-year-old lifted the lid on what made her give up the trip to Australia through a post on her official account Twitter. Indeed, the Australian Open and US Open title player has announced that she is pregnant.
Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023. pic.twitter.com/GYXRnutU3I
— NaomiOsakaNaomi Osaka (@naomiosaka) January 11, 2023
Osaka plans to return at the Australian Open 2024
In this message, Naomi Osaka confides that she “finds that the most difficult moments in life can be the most appreciable” and that “these few months away from tennis have given (her) a new love and appreciation” for the sport. to which she dedicated her life. ” I know there are so many things waiting for me in the future, one of them is to see my child watching one of the games and say to someone: ‘It’s my mum’she added. 2023 will be a year full of lessons for me and I hope to see you at the start of the next one as I will be there at the Australian Open 2024. »
The Japanese therefore intends to take a sabbatical year to best prepare for the arrival of her child and then give herself time to return to her best form for next season. “I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path in life, but I’ve always felt like if you go ahead with good intentions, you’ll find your way eventually.” she concluded.