Mandy Minella upset everyone saying she played Wimbledon during her fourth month and a half of pregnancy. The World No. 82 said she will come back to compete and encouraged other players to become mum and still being a player as well.
'I’m 31 now. I really thought I’d finish my career and I’ll have a family after. Now it happened, and my ranking was really good at the time, I think I was top-70, so it’s just a good opportunity to come back afterwards.
I have an opportunity to play Grand Slams again, to play big tournaments', said Minella after losing in the doubles draw alongside Anastasija Sevastova. 'I’d like to get back in shape also for me, and I would like to finish on my terms as well.
We’ll see where it will bring me.' 'The doctors were really relaxed with it, I was surprised because I thought that maybe they would be cautious. Some said even ‘maybe at six months the belly will get in your way’ and I was like maybe six months I won’t do that', added Minella explaining why she was still competing despite she will give birth in November.
'I think it’s different for every woman, everybody feels different, so I would really encourage pregnant women to do sports and to continue their activity – I wouldn’t say to start something completely new, but I think that pregnancy does not stop your lifestyle.
I would like to be an example for (someone who was able to) keep going and I think it’s good.' Tatjana Maria has a three-year-old daughter and she came back to compete just four months after giving birth. As Azarenka, also the German player, who is coached by her husband, called for more facilities on the WTA Tour but also in some Grand Slam tournaments.
'The best crèche (daycare) is here at Wimbledon. It’s like a real crèche, you bring your child, they eat together, they do activities, it’s like a real one here. It’s nice. In Roland Garros they don’t give food.
In Australian Open you have only a little room and no windows, you can be maximum eight kids. So you bring her when you play a match then you take her out because there’s not enough space. At the US Open, they don’t really care so much.' ALSO READ: Kim Clijsters accuses Victoria Azarenka of illegal coaching