Naomi Osaka, Tennis Star, Welcomes Daughter as WTA Shares the Glad News
Naomi Osaka, former world No. 1, gives birth to daughter.
Naomi Osaka, the former world No. 1 in tennis, has recently become a mother to a baby girl, according to an announcement by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Osaka had previously shared her pregnancy news in January through a social media post featuring an ultrasound scan. In June, she confirmed that she and her boyfriend, rapper Cordae, were expecting a daughter.
Since her last appearance at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September 2021, Osaka has been on a break from competitive tennis. However, she has expressed her intention to make a comeback in 2024 for the Australian Open, a tournament she has previously won twice.
During her time away from the sport, Osaka has been open about her mental health struggles, particularly after an incident in August 2021 when she faced immense stress and emotions during a mandatory press conference at Roland Garros. This led to her withdrawal from the French Open that year. Osaka revealed that she has experienced long periods of depression since winning her first major championship in 2018.
In an announcement accompanied by a photo, Osaka expressed her gratitude for the time she has had away from tennis, stating that it has given her a renewed love and appreciation for the game she has dedicated her life to. She also shared her excitement for the future, including the prospect of her child watching her matches and proudly declaring, "that's my mom."