1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez is happy to see Naomi Osaka having plans to return to tennis and feeling motivated to do great things after giving birth. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, is missing the entire 2023 season but she is expected to make her post-pregnancy comeback at the start of the 2024 season in Australia.
Several times this year, 25-year-old Osaka spoke about how an extended break from tennis helped her realize how much she loves tennis and also admitted that she will be determined to do well for her daughter. "I liked to hear that she has plans, that she is going to play many tournaments and that she is not going to go with pressure.
She looks like she’s playing well. It’s going to be nice to see her, it’s also nice to see the return of (Caroline) Wozniacki. I think women’s tennis is in good health. There are very good players, very good matches," Martinez told CLAY.
Osaka plans to play more tournaments than she used to play
After publicly opening up about her battle with depression and anxiety during the 2021 French Open, Osaka started playing less and she didn't really that many tournaments in the next year and a half.
During her visit to this year's US Open as a guest, former world No 1 Osaka revealed she intends to play more starting from the 2024 season. "It's definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that.
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. So at the very least, I'll set myself up for a very good end of the year," Osaka told ESPN during the US Open.
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