Naomi Osaka announced on Wednesday that she is pregnant and will be taking a break from tennis until 2024.
The former World No 1, withdrew from the Australian Open earlier this week, having not played since September.
“2023 will be a year that’ll be full for lessons for me,” said Osaka, adding that she hopes to return in 2024.
Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023. pic.twitter.com/GYXRnutU3I
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 11, 2023
“One thing I am looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom’.”
The 25-year-old won the last of her four Grand Slams at the Australian Open in 2021.
She played last at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September and has dropped to 47 in the world rankings.
“The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it is the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun,” added Osaka, announcing her pregnancy on social media.
“These few months away from the sport have really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to.
“I realise that life is so short and I don’t take any moments for granted, every day is a new blessing and adventure.
“I know I have so much to look forward to in the future.”