Tennis star Naomi Osaka introduced her being pregnant on Wednesday, posting a photograph of an ultrasound scan on her social media accounts.
“The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it’s the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun,” the four-time main champion wrote alongside the picture.
“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.”
Osaka mentioned she plans to return to tennis in 2024 for subsequent yr’s Australian Open, a event she has gained on two earlier events.
“I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future,” she added. “One thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom.’”
The 25-year-old’s withdrawal from the upcoming Australian Open was introduced by the competitors’s organizers on Sunday.
Osaka has not performed because the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September final yr.
She took a while away from aggressive tennis and made a number of extremely publicized disclosures about her struggles with psychological well being following an incident in August 2021, the place she was visibly confused and emotional whereas addressing the media throughout a compulsory information convention at Roland Garros.
Osaka subsequently pulled out of the French Open that yr and revealed she had “suffered long bouts of depression” since profitable her first main championship in 2018.
“I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path to take in life but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions you’ll find your way eventually,” Osaka added in her assertion on Wednesday.