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This is a silly comment.
You say that so callously like it's not a big deal but there is an emotional impact in making that decision. It's not like returning a pair of jeans. It is (or, depending on where you live should be) a choice - she should not be judged for not having one, just as she should not be judged if she did have one.

Yes, Vika and other mothers on tour need to deal with the consequences of motherhood after having made the decision to have children. But motherhood in shouldn't in itself be tantamount to career death.

As someone who has made the effort to post in a forum about women's tennis, you'd think reducing barriers for return to work would be a good thing.
I see where you're coming from, but I don't agree. I mean what about people who get injured? What about those who get ill? Being a tennis player doesn't prevent you being a mother. As previously said, a career in tennis is very short. So, you have plenty of time to start a family once you've retired. And if you want a child and come back to competition, this is also possible. As Azarenka, Clijster, and others have shown you can have children and then come back. However, obviously, there are setbacks and consequences.

Besides, being a tennis player is like being a freelancer. You don't work, you don't get paid. Also, considering that motherhood is your choice, I'm not sure where is the unfairness there.

Yes, having an abortion isn't a routine medical check, but so is having a child. In any case, I'm just being pragmatic. If your focus is on your career and having a child while you're still an active player could have a negative impact, wouldn't it make sense to wait and have a child later on?

I know people will disagree with me, but I don't thing you can really compare being a professional tennis player to having a regular job and that you can apply the same rule. Like for example, if a player gets pregnant, what happen to her trainers? Doesn't that live them virtually unemployed?

By the way, I think players can do whatever they want, but if you do something that will make your career harder, don't come and complain about it.
 

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I see where you're coming from, but I don't agree. I mean what about people who get injured? What about those who get ill? Being a tennis player doesn't prevent you being a mother. As previously said, a career in tennis is very short. So, 1. you have plenty of time to start a family once you've retired. And if you want a child and come back to competition, this is also possible. 2. As Azarenka, Clijster, and others have shown you can have children and then come back. However, obviously, there are setbacks and consequences.

Besides, being a tennis player is like being a freelancer. You don't work, you don't get paid. Also, considering that motherhood is your choice, I'm not sure where is the unfairness there.

Yes, having an abortion isn't a routine medical check, but so is having a child. In any case, I'm just being pragmatic. If your focus is on your career and having a child while you're still an active player could have a negative impact, 3. wouldn't it make sense to wait and have a child later on?

I know people will disagree with me, but I don't thing you can really compare being a professional tennis player to having a regular job and that you can apply the same rule. Like for example, 4. if a player gets pregnant, what happen to her trainers? Doesn't that live them virtually unemployed?

By the way, I think players can do whatever they want, but if you do something that will make your career harder, 5. don't come and complain about it.
1. Chances of pregnancy reduce drastically after you reach 30. So, no there isn't plenty of time especially when players tend to play longer now.
2. Yes, and I'm saying that it's good that there are measures in place to reduce some of the obstacles to a comeback eg. extension to the period that they can have a protected ranking.
3. People have their own reasons for having children at whatever age. You're expecting them to prioritise tennis above all else. It's their prerogative to choose when in their career to have children and yes, they need to and do face the consequences of that. My problem here is that you are going out of your way to point out that it's seemingly ludicrous reason that women are having children at a time where it might disrupt their careers.
4. Shame on them for not delaying pregnancy so that the trainers etc can stay employed :facepalm:
5. Maybe you should actually watch the clip rather than make assumptions based on what you think she said. She was saying she was very lucky and in a privileged position - more so than most. She wasn't complaining about it.
 

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I can’t believe the stupidity of some posters taking abortion so lightly like if it was the same that a medical routine check :tape: :help: :smash:
I can't believe the assumptions within this statement. For some people, that is a difficult or even gut renching decision. For others, it is not that big of a deal.
 

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And now she is doubles specialist, queen!
Barty carries her. :lol: Once she gets dumped for someone better we'll see how she fares.
 
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