Rick Macci made his prediction about Naomi Osaka's successful comeback in 2024 and the possibility of entering the top-10.
The former world No. 1 has been out of competition since her participation in the 2022 Tokyo Open in September, where she advanced to the second round after Daria Gavrilova retired after just one game.
Naomi Osaka announced in January of this year that she was pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Cordae, and they welcomed their daughter Shai in July. At 26 years-old, the 4-times Grand Slam champion announced that she will return to the WTA Tour in 2024, generating high expectations among fans who are eager to see Osaka competing again in major tournaments and climbing the rankings.
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American coach Rick Macci expressed positive expectations for Osaka's return, believing that she will finish in the top-10 due to the high level she can achieve.
"Was asked again if I still think Naomi Osaka can be top ten by the end of the year. 100%. Once she gets back into the battle and feels the Pain of losing in the Beginning the 4time Grand Slam Champ will dig deep in that treasure trove of Confidence and do Major league Winning," Macci said.
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The coach has extensive experience with Grand Slam-winning tennis players such as the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, as well as Americans Jennifer Capriati and Andre Agassi, in addition to the Russian Maria Sharapova, all of whom were also former world No. 1.
Osaka claimed her latest title at the 2021 Australian Open, marking her second win at the event, which adds to her two US Open titles. The tennis player holds four Grand Slam titles, the same as Iga Swiatek, and among active players, she is only surpassed by Venus Williams with seven.