Naomi Osaka is officially a mom.
The tennis star welcomed a baby girl with boyfriend Cordae in Los Angeles, People magazine reported. Osaka and her daughter are both “doing well,” a source told the magazine.
Osaka announced her pregnancy in January, ahead of the Australian Open.
“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,” Osaka continued.
She revealed in June that she was expecting a baby girl with a princess-themed baby shower.
Earlier this year, Osaka shared that she hadn’t had many cravings “out of the ordinary” throughout her pregnancy, and that her and Cordae had been discussing “something more unique than traditional” when it came to a name.
“I would say for me, I just want to be the best version of myself. Obviously, I’ve never been a mother before so I’m taking it day-by-day and just trying to be someone that my son or daughter will be proud of,” she told People.
The four-time Grand Slam champion hit back at critics in May, calling out the double standard that exists for women athletes who have kids. Elina Svitolina, who gave birth last October, is currently on a run at Wimbledon – recently knocking off No. 1 Iga Swiatek to reach the semifinal. Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki just announced her return to tennis after having two children.
“Btw to the people that are suddenly concerned about my career- There are plenty of male athletes with kids that are significantly less accomplished, you might wanna worry about them instead. Thanks for the concern, might wanna redirect it to someone that needs it though,” Osaka tweeted.
Osaka plans to make her competitive return at the 2024 Australian Open.