Naomi Osaka: Tennis Star Shares First Photo of Baby Girl With Boyfriend Cordae

Naomi Osaka: Tennis Star Shares First Photo of Baby Girl With Boyfriend Cordae

Elijah Odetokun
updated at July 14, 2023 at 11:05 AM
  • Naomi Osaka and her rapper boyfriend Cordae have welcomed their first child
  • A baby girl named Shai was born on July 7 and the rapper confirmed during a live concert
  • The four-time Grand Slam champion has now shared her first pictures on social media

Naomi Osaka confirmed her motherhood after sharing a photo of her baby on social media with a nice little message that suggested she had been busy with her.

Osaka and his rapper boyfriend Cordae, who had been dating since 2019, welcomed their first baby, a girl, together as first-time parents.

Naomi Osaka, Cordae, Phoenix Sun, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center.
Naomi Osaka and Cordae at a NBA game at the Staples Centre in 2021. Photo by Meg Oliphant.
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She first spoke about her pregnancy in January and last month announced she was expecting a baby girl during a princess-themed baby shower where his boyfriend kissed her baby bump.

People exclusively confirmed the arrival of the baby on July 7 and claimed that, according to a source, both mother and child were doing well.

According to Yahoo Sports, Cordae confirmed the news and revealed the baby's name, Shai, during a concert in Canada. The name is of Hebrew origin and means gift.

“My daughter Shai was just born a couple of days ago, so I dedicate this performance to my baby girl Shai. Love you; I’m going back home,” he said.

Osaka posts first baby picture

The four-time Grand Slam champion shared the baby's first picture on her social media yesterday, alongside photos of her nursery, even though she did not reveal her face.

"Well that was a cool little intermission, now back to your regularly scheduled program," she wrote.

She withdrew from the Australian Open 2023 before announcing her pregnancy and targets a return in the same competition in 2024, months after welcoming her baby.

Osaka in tears at presser

Sports Brief previously reported that Osaka was in tears at a press conference, her first since she was knocked out of the 2021 French Open.

She was asked how she balances her media responsibility with her tennis, and while answering, she could not hold her emotions, as she is a shy person, a personality which initially confused one of her trainers.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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