Tennis champion Sam Stosur has revealed she will put tennis on hold until next year to care for her newborn baby Genevieve, affectionately known as Evie.
The 36-year-old announced her girlfriend Liz Astling had given birth to a baby girl on June 16 in a doting post on Instagram earlier this week.
Stosur has gushed about her joy at becoming a mother and how the coronavirus pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for her young family.
The Australian grand slam winner said motherhood has been ‘absolutely amazing’.
‘Even the tougher times don’t seem that bad when you just look at her little face and you just want to cuddle her and hold her all day long. It’s absolutely incredible,’ Stosur told the Herald Sun.
But she said she’s still adjusting to becoming a mum and all the craziness that comes with it.
‘It still seems a little bit weird to say she’s my daughter, but I’ll get used to that. It’s absolutely amazing,’ she said.
As she battles through the learning process and sleepless nights, she said she’ feels fortunate to have been blessed with little Evie.
While the coronavirus pandemic has put the WTA tour on hold, it’s something which has proved a silver lining for the tennis player and her partner Astling.
She would typically have spent July in Wimbledon before heading to the US Open the following month.
Instead she’s been given the chance to bask in the glow of motherhood beside her partner and newborn baby.
Stosur was able to attend the birthing classes with Astling and do all the shopping rather than experiencing the joys of motherhood over the phone while in Europe.
After a month with the newborn, Stosur decided she wants to be there while the baby grows up instead of jetsetting across the world.
‘Now you’ve got to think about your family, not just yourself with these decisions, and I think this is the best way for me to spend the next six months is to be at home and be with her,’ Stosur said.
She said she will be taking the rest of the year off, to experience all Evie’s exciting milestones by Astling’s side.
But she’s hopeful she will return to the court in 2021 to have at least one more year playing tennis, and she’s optimistic her family will be right by her side.
Stosur, who won the US Open in 2011 and has six grand slam doubles titles to her name, including last year’s Australian Open in partnership with China’s Zhang Shuai, is currently 97th in the world rankings.