Australian tennis star Sam Stosur has revealed that she is a mother after her partner gave birth to a baby girl last month.
After keeping the news secret for nearly a month, Stosur shared the announcement and some photos on social media on Monday evening.
“Life in bulk during the coronavirus has been a challenge in many ways, but personally it has been one of the most exciting and happy times in my life,” wrote the 36-year-old.
“On June 16, my partner Liz gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Genevieve. It was a turbulent time, but we couldn’t imagine life without her now.
“We are absolutely in love with this little package and we roll with happy chaos. We can’t wait to see and see little Evie grow up … Although not too fast we hope! “
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Sports journalist Nat Edwards tweeted: “Fantastic news !!! Side note for those who know I’m a big fan of Stosur: our kids have the same name. “
Tennis Australia published: “Congratulations to Sam and Liz for the safe arrival of the beautiful Evie, with affection from the tennis family.”
The Australian Open official Instagram account also replied: “Big congratulations! Welcome to the world, Genevieve. “
Former Lleyton Hewitt coach Roger Rasheed was another well on social media, along with former tennis star Casey Dellacqua.
Stosur joins a list of mothers on the WTA tour, which includes American superstar Serena Williams and the great Belgian Belgian Kim.
Speaking to Gold Coast Bulletinlast year, Stosur claimed that he did not plan his retirement.
“I don’t see myself stopping,” said Stosur.
“I know that (retirement) is out there on the horizon, but I want to continue playing for as long as possible. I haven’t set a date or anything.
“I think in my day I am still able to beat anyone out there and they are the people I like most to play – higher level players on a big field and you can enjoy those moments.”
Since turning professional in 1999, Stosur has won three major titles and was number 1 in the world in doubles. The US Open champion reached 4th place in the WTA rankings in 2011, but has since slipped to 97th place.
Stosur participated in this year’s Australian Open, but lost his first-round match with American player Caty McNally.