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Naomi Osaka set to make her tennis return

BRISBANE (AP) – Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Naomi Osaka will make her comeback to tennis at the Brisbane International warm-up tournament ahead of the Australian Open.

Tournament officials yesterday confirmed Osaka will contest the December 31 to January 7 event to start her 2024 season.

A two-time Australian and United States (US) Open winner, Osaka was a surprise withdrawal from last year’s Australian Open before later revealing she was pregnant.

The former tennis number one announced the birth of her daughter Shai in July.

“I am really excited about getting back out on court and competing. I always love starting my season in Brisbane and can’t wait to return,” Osaka said in a statement. It “will set me up for a brilliant comeback this summer.”

In a later social media post Osaka shared a link to the tournament announcement.

Naomi Osaka. PHOTO: AFP