Davenport Expecting Again, Out Indefinitely
Published December 18, 2008 12:00
LAGUNA BEACH, CA, USA - Last week she entered the Australian Open, but as quickly as the retirement rumors vanished they have reappeared, as Lindsay Davenport has announced she is pregnant again and will be off the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour indefinitely.
"Of course this unexpected but exciting surprise now means I will be putting tennis on hold for the foreseeable future," Davenport said in a statement issued by her management company, IMG.
Among Davenport's 55 career singles titles on the Tour are three Grand Slam titles, at the US Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000. She has 37 doubles titles on the Tour as well, including Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros in 1996 (with Mary Joe Fernandez), the US Open in 1997 (with Jana Novotna) and Wimbledon in 1999 (with Corina Morariu). She has been ranked No.1 in the world in both singles and doubles, one of only five women ever to reach the top in both of the disciplines (also Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters).
The 32-year-old American returned to the Tour in late 2007 after giving birth to her first child and has won four titles since - two at the end of 2007 and two in the early months of 2008. She only competed in two events after April - reaching the second round of Wimbledon and the third round of the US Open - withdrawing from almost all of the other events on her schedule due to a right knee injury. There was plenty of speculation regarding the Californian's future in the game throughout the second half of the season, but her entry into the 2009 Australian Open last week seemed to put them to rest, at least for the time being.