“Life-Changing Experience”: Victoria Azarenka Reveals How Tennis Changed for Her After Motherhood

Published 04/30/2021, 9:18 AM EDT
ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 17: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round two match against Sofia Kenin of The United States during day four of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on September 17, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Former Belarusian World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has experienced tough situations both on and off the court. Now, she looks back at those times positively as they brought her to her son Leo.

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In a recent one-on-one interview with tennis legend Chris Evert, the 31-year-old opened up about her transformation after motherhood. More importantly, she revealed that after Leo, everything changed in her life, including tennis.

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First off, Victoria Azarenka said that tennis is no longer her No.1 priority, but she still dreams about winning titles. However, learning to balance them emotionally has been a challenge for her.

“I still feel like I am learning,” the Belarusian said. “And I don’t think I was prepared for that; I didn’t have an example of someone who has done it.”

Immediately, she remembered Kim Clijsters but explained that their paths were different.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Soon after, Victoria transformed and even saw young competitors differently.

“I had to learn so many things and adjust,” she continued. “The simplest thing like I look at some young players from a mother’s point like I want to help them.”

Afterwards, the current World No.15 drew parallels between her old and new outlook as a tennis player.

“Before, it was all confused to me,” Leo’s mother added. “It is not that I don’t care about everybody else, but I was just so self-focused on myself and what I have to do.”

Now, she had Leo to think about before herself.

To sum up, Azarenka highlighted that motherhood changed her relationships with people and friends. Moreover, it brought her close to her feminine side.

“It’s definitely a life-changing experience, and with everything, even that happened, I won’t take anything back,” Vika concluded.

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Victoria is 12th seed at the ongoing Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Her first match is on April 30 against Ekaterina Alexandrova. Overall, she has a tough path ahead of her in the Spanish capital.

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Mar 27, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts after match point against Angelique Kerber of Germany (not pictured) in the third round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

But the two-time Australian Open champion is improving her results in every tournament. It would not be a surprise to see her go all the way through in Madrid.

For now, she will look forward to keeping her fitness level up and staying positive through the days. Let us see how far Azarenka goes on the red Spanish soil.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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