Angelique Kerber won't come back to tennis until sometime in the next year but she's hopeful to be an inspiration for other players.
Kerber announced her pregnancy just days ahead of the US Open adding herself to the long list of former and current players that became mothers during their active playing days. The 34-year-old is due sometime in March or April and she talked about her plans of coming back and playing tennis:
“I don’t know what time or which tournament because I really want to take the time. And when I come back, I want to come back 100 percent, fit again and feel good. This is the plan.”
Keber sought out other mothers on the Tour to gather advice on what to expect and how to come back with many being there to support:
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“When you talk now to them, it’s more intense listening to what they say- We see the moms can come back, also winning big titles. And I hope I can also be one of them, inspiration for new moms and women to come back to doing their business.”
Asked what advice she got, Kerber said:
“Take your time, enjoy the moment now. And then, they said I will feel when the time is there to come back. It’s better to take one month later than one month earlier.”