Naomi Osaka confirmed a few days ago that she is pregnant. Many believe that this will be her motive for returning. Chris Evert thinks that Osaka will be a great mom. “I think it's great news and I think she’s going to be a great mum,”-Evert told eurosport.com.
“Naomi has shown us so much compassion and kindness during her career that I think that’s going to translate that into caring for another human being, I think she's going to be an awesome mum.
I think it's going to be very freeing for her, in the sense that she can now focus on a human being that is more important than anything else in the world.
And she's not just focusing on tennis, the pressures, the expectations, all the challenges that she faced before, the anxiety, I think having a child is the most freeing and the most loving act that can happen to you.
It's going to be very healthy and almost healing for her.
I'm really happy for her because I think it's meant to be. I think everything happens for a reason, and it just takes all of the pressure off her and it takes all of the attention off her”.
Evert believes that the path Osaka is taking is the right path.
Many female tennis players before her decided on the same move and it turned out to be a great thing. The role of a mother is something special. “She says she's going to come back, which seems to be the common thread now, in women's tennis,” added Evert.
“Kerber is going to have a child and she says she wants to come back, Vika [Azarenka] came back and Serena [Williams] came back. More and more players are taking this taking this route, and I think it's very empowering for them.