Prague | Kvitova expecting first child

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova announced on Instagram that she is expecting her first child with husband Jiri Vanek, while sending Happy New Year wishes far and wide.

I'm looking forward to spending some time at home preparing for this exciting next chapter in our lives. Petra Kvitova

“On the first day of 2024 I wanted to wish you a happy new year and share the exciting news that Jiri and I will be welcoming a baby into our family this summer!” Kvitova wrote alongside pictures of the two holding a baby’s onesie emblazoned with ‘Courage, Belief, Pojd’, which has been Kvitova’s personal slogan since 2017, and a sonogram.

The 33-year old World No 17 married Vanek, her longtime coach, last summer after the couple had dated since 2021.

The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon winner had a resurgent season on the Hologic WTA Tour in 2023 that saw her win titles in Miami and Berlin, with her win over Elena Rybakina in the final of the former being her biggest title in 5 years.

An 8-time winner of the WTA’s Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, Kvitova’s peers were quick to congratulate the couple, as were fans worldwide, with current and former players including Ash Barty, Angelique Kerber, Barbora Strycova, Kiki Bertens and Lucie Safarova, all of whom have welcomed their own children in recent years, among those to wish the couple well in the comments.

A former Australian Open runner-up, Kvitova will miss the year’s first Grand Slam which begins in two weeks, and is not playing in the ongoing warm-up events in Australia, although her name featured in the entry list for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.

“I’m looking forward to spending some time at home preparing for this exciting next chapter in our lives.” Kvitova added on Instagram.

Kvitova lost the 2019 Australian Open final to Naomi Osaka, who made her comeback to the tour earlier on Monday following 15 months out during which she had her first child.



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