Naomi Osaka is set to return to the WTA Tour at the Brisbane International in December, six months after giving birth.
The former world No. 1 announced her pregnancy in January earlier this year and gave birth to her daughter Shai in July.
She last played on the WTA Tour at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September 2022.
“I always love starting my season in Brisbane and can’t wait to return.
“The Brisbane International is such a great tournament and will set me up for a brilliant comeback this summer.”
The Brisbane International will return after a three-year hiatus following the Covid-19 pandemic and starts on December 31 as preparation for the 2024 Australian Open, which will be live on Eurosport and discovery+.
Osaka won the 2021 edition of the Australian Open, her fourth and most recent Grand Slam triumph.
As well as Osaka’s return, Brisbane International organisers have confirmed two-time winner Andy Murray will compete at the tournament in 2024.
“It’s great to see the Brisbane International back and I am really looking forward to returning to Queensland this summer,” Murray said.
“I have great memories of winning the title in 2012 and 2013 and I would love to lift the trophy again for a third time in Brisbane.”
The Australian Open starts on Sunday, January 14.