Tennis pro Naomi Osaka just declared a one-year break from the sport. She announced her pregnancy on Twitter earlier this week, stating that she and Cordae Dunston who happens to be an entertainer are expecting their first child together.
Taking to social to update fans, Osaka wrote a heartfelt message alongside a photo of her ultrasound. She starts by writing, “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.” She continues, “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.” The tennis player then announced that she is stepping away from the game and will return for the 2024 Australian Open, which she has won twice in previous years.
Naomi wrote candidly about her excitement of being a mom. “I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future. One thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom.’” Osaka has not played a professional match since last September’s Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Read her full statement below.