Naomi Osaka is on her way to being a first-time mom!
The tennis pro, 25, shared the exciting news on Instagram with a sweet social media pregnancy announcement post. She is expecting her first child with her long time boyfriend, Grammy-nominated rapper, Cordae.
Osaka’s photo carousel features the caption, “Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023,” and begins with an ultrasound pic of the little one who will make her a mom.
In the next photo she included a message to her fans in both English and Japanese where she shared a few reflections.
“The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it’s the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun. These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to,” she wrote.
“I realize that life is so short and I don’t take any moments for granted, every day is a new blessing and adventure. I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom,’ haha.”
Is that not the most adorable thing for a first-time mama to say? Osaka also made sure to include that she would be back on the tennis court in 2024.
Naomi Osaka and Cordae have been dating since 2019. In an interview with GQ, Cordae stated, “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”
Osaka concluded her Instagram message with a positive message, “I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path to take in life, but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions, you’ll find your way eventually.”
This isn’t the first time Osaka has been so open with her fans. In 2021 she penned a particularly touching, and refreshingly honest, open letter for TIME about her mental health struggles and the reality of playing at such a high level, titled, ‘It’s O.K. Not to Be O.K.’.
Congratulations to the soon-to-be first-time parents!