American Julia Boserup, the 2008 Orange Bowl champion, might not quite have had the pro career she dreamed of.
Injuries were a mainstay. And she has officially called it a day, at 27.
But the next chapter is already beginning.
Boserup heads to
grad school at the University of Chicago in September, after earning a psychology degree from Penn State in Dec. 2016 while she was posting her best results on court.
Boserupreached her career high of No. 80 in June 2017, at age 25.
Eight months later (although she didn’t know it then), she played her final match.
A new young tennis fan made an appearance at the Stuttgart tournament this week.
He is Alex, the baby son of longtime tour player Alla Kudryavtseva.
As it happens, Kudryavtseva lives in Stuttgart.
Alex won’t remember it, but
he was at Wimbledon when he was barely more than a gleam. He got on the court, too.
Born Dec. 10, he’s already 4 1/2 months old.
This is a very cute kid.
And, interestingly, Kudryavtseva posted a photo of the 2008 Fed Cup team that came to Stowe, Vt. to play the U.S.
All four are recent moms.
When Bethanie Mattek-Sands had another surgery on her knee earlier this year, her goal was to be ready for the end of April – and to partner bestie Lucie Safarova one last time at the clay-court event in Prague.
that won’t happen, as Mattek-Sands isn’t ready.
The American has just begun her on-court buildup, But Prague is only two weeks away.
Safarova, who is on the Czech Fed Cup team this week (bypassing the Stuttgart qualies to do so), will still play doubles.
She has re-entered the event with countrywoman Barbora Stefkova.
Sascha Bajin, recent dismissed as the coach of Naomi Osaka after she won two majors and reached No. 1, has bounced back.
After making a trip to Miami to meet with the Mladenovic clan last month,
Kristina Mladenovic confirmed Monday that “Big Sascha” is officially on board.
Bajin joins a team that, let’s be clear, includes the entire family.
Mother Dzenita was a volleyball player and coach. Father Dragan was a handball player and coach. Brother Luka, a soccer midfielder, plays for a French fifth-division team, AS Beauvais Oise. But they come as a package.
Big brother Dominic Thiem is seeded No. 4 in Monte Carlo.
But younger brother Moritz is on his way. The 19-year-old is in the qualifying at a $25K ITF event in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy this week.
He earned his first ATP points last September, only to have them erased by the new points system.
In this offseason interview, Thiem talks about how the kid progressed without him even realizing it.
“It was a big surprise. When I saw him playing, he was a completely different player,” Thiem said. “A year ago, he looked like a 10-year-old.”
The career branding of Serena Williams as “working mom” continues apace.
And her daughter Olympia, 19 months, has made her commercial debut.
It was only a matter of time.
Mother and daughter star in a new Pampers commercial, which Williams
showed on her Instagram account Wednesday.
They wear matching, Easter-hued ensembles (with Olympia wearing a “Cruisers 360 Fit” model).
“(It’s) the only diaper I’ve found that can keep up with
@OlympiaOhanian and her wild moves,” Williams writes. “I never know what she’ll do next but I love it because that’s how babies learn and grow! “
Svetlana Kuznetsova, out of action since last September nursing wrist and knee issues, has been in Barcelona training on clay for a week.
Russian journalist Ilya Ryvlin reports she hopes to play Lugano next week. Not entered, she would need a wild card.
Currently ranked No. 111, a protected ranking would only be slightly higher than that as she’s lost little ground in the rankings during her time away.
Here’s a recent interview that has … a lot of interesting insight.
Kuznetsova is officially entered in Madrid (main draw only), the Rome qualifying and … the French Open.
Happy days for former WTA players Casey Dellacqua and Martina Hingis, both of whom became moms this week.
Dellacqua, whose partner Amanda Judd had their first two (Blake and Andie), gave birth to Jesse James Judd on March 12.
At at 9 1/4 pounds, a future second row).
These three are CUTE!
Judd and Dellacqua have been together more than a decade.
Hingis welcomed Lia with husband Harald Leeman. The two married last July.
It’s been an avalanche over the last year. Among the new moms are
Elena Vesnina, Sania Mirza, Nadia Petrova, Alla Kudryavtseva, Yaroslava Shvedova (twins!).
We’re two weeks beyond the first Grand Slam of the season.
But the number of no-shows next week is concerning.
Earlier, Richard Gasquet and Kyle Edmund had pulled out of the 500-level event in Rotterdam with longer-term issues.
Grigor Dimitrov is out with a shoulder problem. So is Alexander Zverev. Nick Kyrgios cited a knee issue.
And Friday, Marin Cilic also sent his regrets, still dealing with a knee issue dating back to last season.
Top seed Kevin Anderson and American Jack Sock pulled out of New York along with Alex de Minaur and Feliciano Lopez.
Andrea Hlavackova, a 32-year-old Czech currently ranked No. 8 in the world in doubles, will be off the court for awhile.
She announced on her Instagram, in conjunction with a story on the WTA Tour’s website, that she and husband Fabrizio Sestini are expecting a baby this summer.
Hlavackova and countrywoman Barbora Strycova played in the Tour Finals in Singapore last October. But she hasn’t yet played in 2019.
“It was definitely something we planned in our lives, though it happened quicker than we expected,” Sestini-Hlavackova said.
She and Sestini, a tournament-relations director for the WTA, married in July, 2017.