Alla Kudryavtseva is one of many mothers making her way back on the WTA Tour. The return has been everything but a smooth ride and the 33-year-old Russian is so fed up with all the pressure that she’s recently used harsh language to vent out her frustration.
Most people are supportive and understand how difficult it is to take care of a toddler, get back in shape and live up to the demanding lifestyle of a professional athlete. However, the former doubles world No.15, who gave birth to a baby boy in December 2018, is facing a fair share of criticism and high expectations, so she took to Twitter to inform everyone, especially gamblers, to get off her back:
Added to the usual name calling and career advice (to quit) are the painful body shaming messages from our ever “admirable” disappointed gamblers. Trust me guys, I am painfully aware I am a lot bigger than I used be. And it is extremely hard to be surrounded by perfectly fit 20-year-olds and a bunch of mamas that look fitter than ever…
The nine-time doubles titlist Kudryavtseva is aware of her shortcomings and she’s giving her maximum to improve:
I gained a lot of weight during pregnancy and I’m struggling to shed those pounds. I’m trying, I’m working and I’m back on the tennis court… So f*** y** and leave me alone.
Kudryavtseva’s tweets remind tennis fans that what we see on the court during matches is just a fraction of what players are going through. We should all be more supportive. Kudryavtseva should be praised for the very fact that she’s still playing tennis even though being a mom of a young child is practically a full time job.