It’s Mother's Day in the United States, a special holiday to celebrate and honor the women who make everything possible. After all, without them, where would anyone be?
As they’ve done through all facets of life, moms have had an impact on tennis, too. Here’s a look at just a few of the achievements and defining moments by some of the women in the game, from both playing and parental points of view.
Two titles at Wimbledon: champ and mom
Hall of Famer Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second Wimbledon title in 1980, nine years after her first. Much had changed in that time, perhaps nothing more important than her entering the ranks of parenthood. In fact, her second Wimbledon title made her the first mother to win the tournament in nearly 70 years.
The youngest Slam winner?
When Serena Williams won her most recent Grand Slam title, the 2017 Australian Open, she did it with the proverbial “baby on board.” The former world No. 1 was pregnant with little Alexis Olympia, who was born for the spotlight.
A very special return
Kim Clijsters decided to step away from the game in her prime to focus on starting a family. She couldn’t stay away for long, though. And when she returned, she soon won her first Grand Slam title at the 2009 U.S. Open, a victory made more special by having daughter Jada on hand to witness it.
Raising a legend
There’s no question that Jimmy Connors is one of the greatest players to ever pick up a racquet. That fire and drive that took him to the top can be attributed to his mom and first coach, Gloria, who helped him develop a unique baseline game and never-say-die attitude on the court.
Focusing on family
Recently, Australian doubles specialist called it quits on her career, less than a year removed from reaching her fifth career women’s Grand Slam doubles final. But why stop near your peak? Casey Dellacqua can give you two reasons.
It’s moments like these just hanging out with my beautiful kids at the beach of an arvo that I won’t miss out on anymore guys, yay OMG THANKYOU everyone for all your messages. There is so many of them. I am so extremely overwhelmed at the moment. I will do my best to get back to you all but just wanted to say a big thank you to each & everyone one of you who has written to me. I read them & I am so feeling the love #woohoo #retiredlife #myworld #lovemyfamily
Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms out there!
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