Lindsay is blogging from Quebec this week for the wta website. Hope the blog curse doesn't catch up with Lindsay here is the first entry and I will update it each time there's a new entry.
Lindsay's Quebec City Blog
QUÉBEC CITY, Canada
- After taking some time off of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to have her first child, Lindsay Davenport made a much-welcomed return to action last month in Asia, winning her comeback event in Bali and reaching the semifinals in Beijing. Now one of the all-time greats plays the third event of her comeback up in Québec City, Canada, and brings us - and son Jagger - all along for the ride in this week's player blog.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Well we're in Québec for one of the last tournaments of the year. It doesn't feel like that for me though, as this is only my third event in 13 months. It's really nice to be here - a great tournament in a very cute town. It's a little cold for me, but I'm getting used to it! Jagger got to see snow (although it was only a flurry) for the first time so that was a highlight!
I play my first round match Tuesday against Kerber from Germany. I don't really know anything about her except that she's left handed. I find that's the case a lot these days - there are so many new, young girls that have come up in the last few years, and I'm still trying to learn who everyone is.
It has been such an amazing year for myself and my husband. We are so in love with our son it's crazy. He changes every day and starts doing new things all the time that amaze us. Here in Québec he started rolling over and now he doesn't stop - he just keeps rolling over across the room. It's really hysterical to watch. Travelling with him has been surprisingly easy. He's such a good boy and actually loves being on an airplane... probably because he's in my lap the whole time! He just plays, sleeps and eats... He never gets fussy on a plane.
The hardest part about travelling is probably being away from my husband. The most amazing thing for me to do is watch my husband with my son. He is so good with him and they just adore each other, so it's hard for us when we are on the road and my husband is at home working. I haven't really figured out what is going to come about with this comeback. Right now it's just a lot of fun and has been really easy to manage. We'll have to see what happens as Jagger gets older and more mobile. Also I have a family (which is by far the most important thing in my life) to balance so I'm just not sure how much I'm going to be able to play.
I'm here in Québec with my longtime coach Adam and my assistant and nanny, Catherine. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without them. At home, Jagger is babysat from 10-3 so I have to get in all my tennis and working out in those hours... other than that, it's just my husband and I doing it all with Jagger. On the road I definitely need more help, as trying to get ready for matches, taking care of any injuries, practicing, etc. takes a bit more time.
I never thought I'd come back and play again after having a child, but I think you learn as life goes on that it's impossible to map out your life. After Jagger was born, it seemed like it would be a fun goal to have and everything has happened so much faster than I could have imagined. I really had no expectations going to Asia in September and was shocked that I came back so well so soon. Now I still don't have any performance goals because I have to keep in mind I only had my baby 4 1/2 months ago, so I'm still playing it by ear. Whatever happens, I look at it like a great achievement to be back playing and competing.
I'll talk to you all again after my match!