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Mother of Two Caroline Wozniacki Minces No Words as She Questions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray’s Privilege Over Serena Williams and Other Female Athletes’ Adversities

Published 06/29/2023, 11:42 AM EDT

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Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish former professional tennis player who was ranked world No. 1 in singles in 2010 and 2011. Wozniacki’s career has been filled with numerous accomplishments, including winning 30 WTA singles titles, two Grand Slam finals, and an Olympic medal. However, one of the most notable aspects of her career is the fact that she continued to play at the highest level despite becoming a mother.

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For decades, women tennis players have struggled with the notion that becoming a mother means the end of their careers. On the other hand, the notion is completely different for men. Owing to the same conversation, Caroline commented about this parallel between men and women and how their life changes after having a child for women and not much for men.

Caroline Wozniacki talks about the difference in career progression for men and women after having a child


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Caroline Wozniacki is one of the few female athletes who has been able to successfully navigate the challenges of motherhood while continuing to play professional tennis. In 2018, Wozniacki announced that she was engaged to NBA player David Lee. A year later, she announced that she was pregnant and would be taking a break from tennis to focus on her family.

In a recent interview with Vogue before making her much-awaited comeback, she said, “Most of the men on tour don’t have to retire to have a family—they can play through. You had Roger [Federer], who had four children while playing. Novak [Djokovic] has two, and Rafa [Nadal] has a child; [Andy] Murray has four. For the women, though, it’s mostly been either/or, and I’d like to be part of changing this.


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Wozniacki’s ability to balance motherhood and her career is a testament to her dedication and hard work. But it is also a reminder of the double standards that female athletes face. While male athletes are often celebrated for continuing to play at the highest level despite becoming fathers, female athletes are still viewed as having to choose between their careers and their families.

Caroline expressed how Serena Williams doesn’t get enough credit for returning to court after having Olympia


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Right before her comeback, Caroline sat down for an interview with Vogue. During the interview, she not only talked about how there is a difference between the careers of men and women after having a child but also about female athletes who have come back like a PRO after childbirth. She gave the example of Serena Williams.


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Caroline added that Serena doesn’t get enough credit for being a part of so many Grand Slam finals after having her daughter Olympia. She also added that Serena’s retirement is a bittersweet feeling for her and many other players. It is so because she has done so much for tennis, especially for women’s tennis.

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Written by:

Ishmeet Kaur


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Ishmeet Kaur is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Although she completed her Masters in Business Administration, her passion for writing motivated her to hone her skills as a Content Writer. After sharpening her skills in writing and managing content, Ishmeet finally stepped into her dream field: sports journalism.
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Bhavani Singh