As if becoming a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and being ranked No. 1 in singles tennis in 2019 (the first Asian player to do so) didn’t shock the world enough, tennis star Naomi Osaka has new news to share. On Wednesday she posted a picture of an ultrasound on her Instagram page announcing to the world that she’s about to be a mom! Along with this exciting pregnancy announcement, Osaka’s post also included a typed note in which she confirmed that she will return to tennis in 2024 at the Australian Open. Osaka fully embraces her soon-to-be motherhood in the note saying, “One thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom.’”
Although Osaka has not yet confirmed it, many sources believe that Osaka’s boyfriend of nearly four years, Grammy-nominated rapper, Cordae is the father of her baby. The couple keeps their relationship private compared to the majority of celebrity couples, rarely posting pictures of one another. Cordae has yet to post publicly about Osaka’s thrilling announcement.
Osaka ended her note with: “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.” This comment is Osaka’s way of inspiring her fans and followers to think positively about the future.
As Osaka anticipates the wonders of parenthood, tennis fans around the world have congratulated her on this new era of her life and are eagerly awaiting her return to the court in 2024.
By Amaar Zarrieff, Freshman, Howard University