FILE - Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles during her first round match against Camila Osorio of Colombia at the Australian Open tennis championships, Jan. 17, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia.

FILE – Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles throughout her first spherical match towards Camila Osorio of Colombia on the Australian Open tennis championships, Jan. 17, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photograph/Simon Baker, File)

BRISBANE, Australia— 4-time Grand Slam singles champion Naomi Osaka will make her comeback to tennis on the Brisbane Worldwide warm-up match forward of the Australian Open.

Match officers on Friday confirmed Osaka will contest the Dec. 31-Jan. 7 occasion to start out her 2024 season.

A two-time Australian and U.S. Open winner, Osaka was a shock withdrawal from final yr’s Australian Open earlier than later revealing she was pregnant.

The previous tennis No. 1 introduced the start of her daughter Shai in July.

“I’m actually enthusiastic about getting again out on court docket and competing. I all the time love beginning my season in Brisbane and may’t wait to return,” Osaka stated in an announcement. It “will set me up for an excellent comeback this summer time.”

In a later social media put up Osaka shared a hyperlink to the match announcement.

Osaka was born in Japan and moved to the USA along with her mother and father when she was 3. She hasn’t competed on tour since an occasion in Tokyo in September 2022, shortly after she misplaced within the first spherical of the U.S. Open.

Australian Open officers introduced final month that Osaka could be within the subject for the yr’s first main beginning Jan. 14.

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