Former doubles No.1 Strycova announces second pregnancy

Former doubles No.1 Strycova announces second pregnancy

Barbora Strycova said goodbye to professional tennis in 2023. In 2024, she’ll welcome her second child. 

Two-time Wimbledon doubles champion and former World No.1 Strycova, 37, announced the impending addition to her family in an Instagram post on Sunday, accompanying a photo of her and her 2-year-old son, Vincent, playing on the beach in Dubai. 

“Vincent is gonna be a big brother,” she wrote. 

Strycova made a brief return to competitive tennis in 2023, after Vincent’s 2021 birth, with the intention of retiring “on [her] terms.” She and Hsieh Su-wei, a fan-favorite pairing in their first stint together from 2018-21, reunited for four tournaments, including a Cinderella run to their second Wimbledon crown together.

Unseeded, they lost just one set in six wins, and knocked off No. 3 seeds Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens in the final.

Strycova played the last tournament of her career at the US Open — a trip she said was about “enjoying myself on court, enjoying the city, enjoying the family around me” after an August farewell ceremony on home soil in Prague — where she reached the third round in doubles with fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova and the quarterfinals in mixed doubles with Santiago Gonzalez. 

“I had many obstacles during my career, but I wasn’t sure if I want[ed] to really come back after giving birth,” Strycova said in New York. “I am so happy that I decided to do so because I didn’t miss tennis at all. I didn’t want to come back because I was missing it, I just wanted to come back because I was feeling like I need to close this chapter from my side.

“I feel like the tennis, I need it, and also my tennis needs that. I did it. It was challenging, and it is still challenging. I am happy that I’m done. I love tennis. It’s a great sport. Also I love my life without it. I have so many things what I want to do, what I did, with my son what I want. I can’t wait to come back to my life without tennis.”

In all, Strycova won 32 WTA doubles titles, including eight at WTA 1000 events, and topped the rankings for a total of 27 weeks in 2019 and 2020. She also won two career WTA singles titles, and peaked at a career-high ranking of No. 16 in 2017. 

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