Victoria Azarenka successfully combines motherhood and pro tennis career

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Victoria Azarenka hadn’t played professional tennis since last year’s French Open, as in July she announced pregnancy with her first child. The two-time Grand Slam champion gave birth to son Leo in December and Wimbledon was only her second event since returning to the tour at last month’s Mallorca Open.

The Belarusian’s first Grand Slam since the comeback can be marked as success, as she made the second week with victories over rising teenage star CiCi Bellis, 15th seed Elena Vesnina and Heather Watson, before the eventual loss to second-seeded Simona Halep 7-6(3) 6-2 in the fourth round. We should take this moment to give Azarenka credit for a very determined and prosperous return!

While Azarenka as a mother is happy to be an example to others, the former world No.1 also says female athletes should not question their ability to do it.

I just think that it’s not as scary as people think sometimes. It’s a conscious decision that you have to make to give yourself that break and be able to work hard and start really, you know, physically, a little bit from zero. But I do believe that if you’re very passionate about what you do and what you love to do, that you can do that.

Azarenka hits the ball very hard. In order to dampen the shock from her striking the ball, Vika uses a band vibration dampener. Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova also plays with a band dampener. This piece of equipment is tied to the bottom strings of the racquet and it’s the best type of shock absorber. It wont’t fly off your racquet and it can help prevent tennis elbow.

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  1. @Marija – Yes! I’m excited to get my hands on the dampeners! I already talked to David and I hope to really play well with it. Looking forward to a successful partnership.


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