New mother Naomi Osaka to make tennis return in Brisbane

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BRISBANE, Australia — The four-time Grand Slam singles champion Naomi Osaka He will make his return to tennis at the Brisbane International warm-up tournament before the Australian Open.

Tournament officials on Friday confirmed that Osaka will compete in December. 31-Jan. 7 events to start his 2024 season.

A two-time Australian and US Open winner, Osaka surprisingly withdrew from last year’s Australian Open and later revealed she was pregnant.

The former tennis number 1 announced the birth of her daughter Shai in July.

“I’m really excited to get back on court and compete. I always love starting my season in Brisbane and can’t wait to get back,” Osaka said in a statement. This will “set me up for a brilliant comeback this summer.”

Osaka was born in Japan and moved to the United States with her parents at the age of 3. He has not played on tour since an event in Tokyo in September 2022, shortly after losing in the first round of the US Open.

Australian Open officials announced last month that Osaka will take the field for the first major of the year starting in January. 14.

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