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All Change For Dellacqua

She may not have to endure too many sleepless nights, but working mother Casey Dellacqua is under no illusions about the challenge presented by one of life's great balancing acts.

Published January 08, 2014 12:00

All Change For Dellacqua
Casey Dellacqua

A lot has changed for Casey Dellacqua in the past six months. During that time she has begun edging back towards a Top 100 singles ranking, reached her first US Open doubles final and posted her first ever year-ending Top 10 finish in the process. Oh and she's now a parent.

Last summer, Dellacqua's partner Amanda gave birth to their first child, Blake Benjamin, opening her eyes to a world of nappy changing and sleepless nights. The 28-year-old joins Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Marcos Baghdatis and Tommy Haas in the parents' club, and is looking forward to taking on the work-life balancing act.

Thankfully, she won't be short of a helping hand or two.

"I'm very lucky I have a very supportive partner, Amanda. She does most of the yuck night feeds," Dellacqua said last week in Brisbane. "Last night I slept 12 hours. I got up at 6am and took him for a walk so she could get a few more hours.

"But, yeah, I'm very lucky I have that support. We'll travel with my mom or some other family so that we have extra help on the road as well. I'm not going to deny it. It's not going to be easy. But I want my family with me. That's what I want, so we'll make it work."

But while all seems rosy on the home front, Dellacqua's preparations for the upcoming Australian Open hit a hitch when her doubles partner, Ashleigh Barty, suffered an adductor tear in Brisbane.

Dellacqua, though, remains positive that not only can Barty win her fitness race but the two can improve on the runner-up finish they achieved in Melbourne 12 months ago.

"Apparently she's improving and she's back on court and she's practicing, so hopefully that's a good sign," Dellacqua said. "When we're both healthy we're definitely one of the best doubles teams in the world and we showed that last year.

"We've played enough together now to know we're a good team and hopefully we can go one better than we did last year."

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