Sam Stosur recently revealed the heartwarming news she had become a mother and she has now opened up about the landmark decision to go public with her relationship.
The Aussie tennis champion took to social media to reveal she’s a mother for the first time, announcing partner Liz Astling gave birth to a baby girl last month.
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Stosur said she and Astling welcomed baby Genevieve into the world on June 16.
“Life in lockdown during coronavirus has been challenging in many ways but personally it's been one of the most exciting and happy times of my life,” Stosur wrote on Instagram alongside two photos of Genevieve.
Now she has spoken to Todd Woodbridge on Channel Nine about the life-changing decision to go public with her relationship.
Stosur said she was composing herself in the carpark after winning the Tennis Australia Spirit of Tennis Award at the annual John Newcombe Medal event when she wanted to show proper recognition to her partner.
“I was in the car park at the end of the night and something just didn’t feel right because I’d thanked all these people who were obviously very, very important to me, but not my partner,” Stosur told Nine.
“And she is a huge part of what I’ve been able to do. And who I am now. And that just didn’t sit well with me. And I thought, ‘Do you know what? Bugger this, I just want to thank her and I want to do this’.
“So that’s why I put it on Instagram. As you get older and you’re more mature and you reflect more on things and I thought, you know what, this is who I am.”
Sporting world celebrates Sam Stosur news
Her wonderful announcement sparked a flood of congratulatory messages.
“Congratulations Sam and Liz on the safe arrival of beautiful Evie, with love from the tennis family,” Tennis Australia wrote on Instagram.
Sports reporter Nat Edwards wrote: “Awesome news!!! Side note for those who know I’m a massive Stosur fan — our babies have the same name.”
Retired Aussie tennis player Casey Dellacqua wrote: “Can’t wait to meet you Evie.”
While Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge commented: “Such brilliant news, congrats Sam and Liz and welcome to the world Evie.”