The true measure of empowerment is to be able to choose the right option for you, as former No.1 and current French Fed Cup Captain Amélie Mauresmo has shown. The tennis ace chose motherhood over captaincy and stepped down as captain of France’s Fed Cup team to have her second child. She is due to give birth in April 2017, WTA Tennis reports.

Mauresmo gave birth to son Aaron in August 2015, when she was coached by Andy Murray. The 37-year-old celebrated her fourth year as French Fed Cup Captain and announced the news on Monday, a day after France’s Fed Cup final defeat by the Czech Republic in Strasbourg. Mauresmo took over as Fed Cup captain in 2013 and led her country into its first final since 2005 — back when the two-time Grand Slam champion herself played for the team.

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Mauresmo wouldn’t be able to continue in her post in 2017. She said on French Tennis Federation’s official website, “’I’m going to give birth in April 2017, and it’s incompatible with the Fed Cup schedule. The first round is in February and the semi-final in April. I told the girls this morning. They did not know about it because I wanted them to be 100 per cent focused on the final. There was a lot of emotion, of course.”

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However, Mauresmo’s team, including Caroline GarciaKristina Mladenovic, Alizé Cornet, and Pauline Parmentier, have shown a mixed reaction to her decision. They took to Twitter to appreciate their leader:

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Under Mauresmo, France won six out of nine Fed Cup ties. Likewise, Mauresmo’s fellow former No.1 and 2016 International Tennis Hall Of Fame inductee Justine Henin is also expecting her second child, with the due date in early next year.


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