Retired tennis star Patty Schnyder is now a mom of two girls! The Swiss gave birth to her second daughter on June 13th, 2019.
The former WTA world No.7 Schnyder announced the news on Twitter with this wonderful photo, sharing her daughter’s exact measurements and her name (is it Zoya or Joya?).
After first retiring from tennis in May 2011, in the fall of 2013 Schnyder divorced her husband of almost ten years Rainer Hofmann and months later we learned that she was pregnant with her first child. At the time she gave birth to daughter Kim Ayla, we learned that the baby’s father is a German man, Jan Heino, and he’s also the father of her second child.
Not long after becoming a mom, Schnyder decided to come back to the WTA circuit and her second career was relatively successful, while her daughter was constantly by her side, visiting all the continents by the time she was just a toddler.
There’s a famous photo by The New York Times of Patty lifting little Kim after defeating Ysaline Bonaventure in the first round of the 2017 US Open qualifying.
Patty Schnyder asked for her daughter’s arms to be covered. ???????? pic.twitter.com/8trcXpypiP
— Ashish (@ashishjena94) July 20, 2017
Moms are moms 24/7. In the middle of her match in Gstaad, Schnyder worried of her daughter being cold in the stands and asked for a cardigan to put on her.
In retrospect, the first tournament of Schnyder’s second career was an ITF Future tournament in Darmstadt, Germany, in July 2015. Her first WTA tournament was the 2016 Volvo Car Open in Charleston, where she lost in qualifying as a wildcard. In July 2016 she played the first WTA main draw of her revived career, while it took her another year to win her first WTA main-draw match, against compatriot and fellow wildcard Amra Sadikovic at the 2017 Ladies Championship Gstaad. After going through qualifying at the 2018 US Open, just a few months shy of her 40th birthday, Schnyder booked and later lost a first-round meeting with Maria Sharapova, her ninth meeting with the Russian, but the first in ten years. Soon afterwards, in November 2018, Schnyder hung up her racket one final time.