Naomi Osaka posted a picture of her on a tennis court, hinting that she might soon be making a comeback.
The four-time major champion had said that she was taking an indefinite break from the sport to focus on her mental health after a surprise third-round defeat at the US Open in September.
“Kinda rusty but feels good to be back,” the 24-year-old posted on Twitter along with a photo of her smiling and leaning against the net in workout gear.
“I really want to say thank you everyone for all the kind messages, I really appreciate it.”
kinda rusty but feels good to be back 🎾💕 I really want to say thank you everyone for all the kind messages, I really appreciate it ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AF0dDukRPE
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) November 5, 2021
The Japanese has struggled for form since she withdrew from the French Open in May after a row with tournament officials over her decision to boycott mandatory press conferences, which she said had a negative impact on her mental well-being.
Following her defeat by Canadian Leylah Fernandez at Flushing Meadows, Osaka said she did not know when she would play her next match.
Osaka shot to global fame on the back of her triumphs on the sport’s biggest stages before opening up a discussion on mental health that reverberated beyond tennis.
It remains to be seen whether she will compete at January’s Australian Open, where she is a two-time champion.