Take a lead from these tennis aces who achieved their dreams during young motherhood.
With the Australian Open fever in full flow we wanted to share our top tennis mums with you. Women who not only give us inspiration as athletes but as mothers too. These ladies are a reminder that if you have a goal, then keep working at it and push past the challenges because you might just surprise yourself with the results.
In a true example of following your heart, Kim returned to tennis in 2009 after retiring from the sport to have her baby girl Jade Elle who was born in 2008. Even during the early stages of motherhood Kim trained tirelessly and went on to win her second US Open title in 2009. That’s not all, Kim was also the first mother to win a Major since 1980.
Talk about business as usual - Margaret Court played professional tennis even during pregnancy and was narrowly defeated by Evonne Goolagong at the 1972 Wimbledon Championship match while carrying her son Daniel. A year later she came back fighting and won the 1973 US, Australian and French Opens. What a woman.
In 1977 Evonne took a rest from tennis to have her baby girl Kelly. In 1980 she came back swinging (literally!) and landed a Wimbledon Grand Slam title. This became her seventh major win, alongside a clutch of single and doubles triumphs at the Australian Open.
This is one tennis mama who’s career has accelerated since becoming a mum to baby boy, Blake in 2013. She’s often talked about the positives and challenges of being a young mum and a professional tennis player, saying, “suddenly our world changed where it became all about Blake, and it became about what was best for him. I think that only helped my tennis, because from that moment on my priorities definitely changed. I’m out here to provide for my family, and I absolutely love the game and I love working hard.” In 2014 Casey made it to the quarter final of the BNP Paribas Open.
So good to have amazing women like these to inspire us. And to all the mamas out there - however you’re keeping active and fit this tennis season we salute you!
Written by Nikki Clarke.