Naomi Osaka reveals baby bump for the first time on social media

Shahida Jacobs
Naomi Osaka in action
Naomi Osaka smiling on court

Former world No 1 Naomi Osaka has given the world a glimpse of her growing baby bump on a social media post.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka announced on the eve of this year’s Australian Open in January that she is expecting her first child with rapper boyfriend Cordae as she shared a picture of a baby scan.

She has given very limited updates about her pregnancy since then as in February she shared a post stating “Only Rihanna would get me to come out the house” after attending the Super Bowl in Arizona.

Fast forward to March and she has shared her first public image of her little bump during a shoot in Japan.

Naturally her fellow WTA players were delighted with former US Open champion Sloane Stephens replying on Instagram: “Mama in Japan 🇯🇵😍 better not delete this!!!!!!!”

The 25-year-old Osaka has previously revealed that she knows the gender of her unborn baby, but has kept it a secret from Cordae adding that she is “winging it” when it comes preparing for motherhood

“I don’t know, [I’m] just kind of winging it. That’s kind of the key motto in my life a little,” she said.

The Japanese star, who has not played competitive tennis since September 2022, has also confirmed that she plans on returning to professional tennis in 2024, adding: “I think what I’m looking forward to most is the challenges and just learning.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of things that I don’t know, but I have a lot of really amazing people close to me that I can ask questions about. Just a new adventure.”

While on maternity leave, Osaka has also become a champion for mental health as she has teamed up with Modern Health to help young children to put together a collection of children’s meditations.

“It’s always really heartwarming when people tell me that I have helped them with their own struggles,” she recently shared. “I remember being in a grocery store one time and someone stopped me to tell me how much I meant to them as they were dealing with their own mental health struggles.”

When she does return will be part of the growing motherhood club on the WTA Tour as former world No 3 Elina Svitolina will return to action in April after giving birth to her and Gael Monfils’ first child, a daughter named Skai, in October last year.

Former world No 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber is also currently on maternity leave after the German gave birth to a girl named Liana in February.

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