After playing the final match of her career at the 2019 French Open, Lucie Safarova is kicking off her retirement with baby news — the Czech former doubles No.1 and five-time doubles Grand Slam champion is pregnant with former NHL player Tomas Plekanec. What a lovely addition to my WTA Players and their Love Partners page!
The 32-year-old Safarova announced the news by posting the above photo on Instagram and saying:
When I finished my career, I was thinking whether I would miss the happiness of winning… Now I know there is much bigger happiness in life! When I first saw the pumping heart of our baby on ultrasound, it beat it all! We are very excited with Tomas Plekanec that our family is growing! #baby #expecting #family #happy
Plekanec published the same photo and commented:
Another big chapter… very happy we are expecting a baby with Lucie Safarova! I went through lots of ups and downs in my hockey career and in my life. Not everything went as I planned to, but when you get through it something nice comes up! #exciting #matyas #adam #happy
As you can see by Plekanec’s hashtags, he already has two children, sons Matyas and Adam, from his marriage with Czech singer/actress Lucie Vondrackova, whom he has still not officially divorced. As I understand the Czech media, last summer there was some speculation whether it was Safarova who ruined the marriage, but the 36-year-old Plekanec explained that at the time he started dating the tennis star, he and his spouse had already been estranged.
According to iDNES, Safarova was aware of her pregnancy already in April, before the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she played the women’s doubles final.
Congratulations, Lucie! I’m wishing you to nail that retirement like Ana Ivanovic! 🙂