Naomi Osaka shares special message ahead of 'chapter No. 2' of her career

Osaka, 26, set to return to tennis as a mom.

by Dzevad Mesic
Naomi Osaka shares special message ahead of 'chapter No. 2' of her career
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Naomi Osaka issued a special message to her fans and everyone who has supported her throughout her career as the Japanese tennis star is hoping to do some major things in "the second chapter" of her career. Osaka, 26, hasn't played since 2022 September but she is set to compete again in the first week of the 2024 season.

When Osaka returns to tennis in a few weeks, she will return as a mother of a baby girl. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No 1, views her upcoming comeback as the next chapter of her career. In the first chapter of her career, Osaka achieved major success on the court but also experienced certain challenges and difficulties.

Osaka's special message ahead of her comeback

"For everyone that supported me throughout the years: Thank you. Thank you for believing in me and thank you for putting up with me. I know we've shared some really amazing memories and I also know that I've done some things that I wish I would've handled differently (lol).

Regardless of all that, thank you for allowing me to grow up on my own time and thank you for showing me a ton of patience. I don't know what I did to deserve you all but I'm so extremely grateful. Very honored to be going on chapter 2 of this tennis journey together and I'm so excited to see you guys next year," Osaka wrote in a message posted on her X account.

Osaka will officially be returning to courts at the Brisbane International, which takes place between December 31 - January 07.

On the hard courts of Brisbane, Osaka will be making her third main draw appearance. In the past, Osaka had two deep runs in Brisbane - she was a back-to-back semifinalist at the tournament in 2019 and 2020.

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