Professional tennis players usually spend their January preparing for the Australian Open. However, Naomi Osaka announced that she wouldn’t participate in the first Grand Slam of 2023.
Her fans wondered if her mental health had something to do with her sitting out of the tournament. Osaka answered her fans’ questions by revealing on Twitter that she’s expecting her first child.
“These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to,” she wrote. “I realized that life is so short and I don’t want to take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and an adventure.”
She shared an ultrasound photo, and the baby is clearly visible. She’s been dating rapper Cordae since 2019. While the Grammy-nominated rapper hasn’t made any statement on his Instagram or Twitter profiles, he’s likely excited about sharing a child with his partner and becoming a father.
OKBET players who closely follow the sport know that the former top Singles player in the WTA rankings had a rough 2022. Osaka hasn’t played professional tennis since Tory Pan Pacific Open Tennis in September, where she bowed out in the Round of 16. She also made quick exits at the French and US Opens.
The first Japanese athlete to win a Grand Slam title also announced that she wouldn’t compete in the professional circuit this year to focus on herself and her new role as a mother. She’ll be making her return in the 2024 Australian Open.
Osaka’s Interests Outside of Playing
Naomi Osaka may be spending time away from the court, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be busy in 2023.
Motherhood will likely take up most of her time, but she’ll also be busy managing her talent agency. She opened her talent agency last year with the help of her long-time agent Stuart Duguid. Her company has taken on Nick Kyrgios and Ons Jabeur as her clients.
She also has her own skincare company, Kinlo. Hana Kuma is a production company also founded and run by Osaka. She has plenty of partnerships and sponsorships that allowed her to become the highest-paid female athlete last year.
She’ll have plenty of things to do throughout the year and will be itching to play once she returns next year.