“This Transition Worries Me”: Alize Cornet Reveals Facing Motherhood Choice

Published 12/16/2020, 10:34 AM EST
Sep 7, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Alize Cornet of France serves against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria (not pictured) on day eight of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

French tennis star Alize Cornet has revealed that she has reached a phase in her life where she might have to decide if she wants to start a family or continue playing.


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Alize Cornet says have to quit tennis if she becomes mother

Cornet, who appeared on a podcast, was asked how, as a woman tennis player, she plans to juggle family and tennis.


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Her reply seemed to suggest that if she does decide to raise a child, she will have no choice but to call time on her career as a professional tennis player.


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“I’m coming to a turning point in my life where I am going to have to ask myself questions,” the Frenchwoman said.

Cornet said if she has a baby she will have to adapt to a ‘biological clock’, which will leave her no choice but to bid goodbye to her tennis career.

MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 08: Alize Cornet of France celebrates after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 during day three of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 8, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

“You don’t have much choice”: Cornet

“If you want to start a family and have children, there is the biological clock which starts and you don’t have much choice. You have to leave your career behind,” Cornet said.

However, in relief to her fans, the 30-year-old Frenchwoman said she hasn’t given a thought to retirement as yet.

She said the fact that she has reached a stage in her career where she may have to make that choice does worry her.


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“That’s something I haven’t thought about yet. This transition worries me,” Cornet said.

Cornet holds distinction of beating Serena Williams thrice


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Cornet, who has six WTA singles titles and three doubles titles to her credit, reached a career-high ranking of Number 11 on February 16, 2009.

She holds the distinction of making the second round of each of the four Grand Slams, reaching the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open, 2014 Wimbledon Championships, 2015 and 2017 French Open, as well as the US Open this year.


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Cornet also recorded the rare feat of defeating 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams thrice.

She finished the 2020 WTA season ranked 53rd.



Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.