Less than six months after giving birth, Naomi Osaka is set to return to tennis at the Brisbane International. During the summer of this year, the four-time grand slam champion announced the birth of her first child with rapper Cordae.
The former world No. 1 hasn’t played on the WTA Tour since the birth of her daughter.
“I am really excited about getting back out on court and competing,” the 26-year-old said to ESPN. “I always love starting my season in Brisbane and can’t wait to return. The Brisbane International is such a great tournament and will set me up for a brilliant comeback this summer.”
“It’s definitely way more tournaments than I used to play,” she said. “So, I think some people will be happy with that.
Osaka explained that she doesn’t know what to expect upon her return but, plans to set herself up well for a successful year.
“I think it’s because I realized that I don’t know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don’t know the level of play and I think I have to ease into it,” she said. “So at the very least, I’m going to set myself up for a very good end of the year.”