Retired Australian tennis champion Casey Dellacqua has welcomed a baby boy, her third child.
The 34-year-old shared the happy news on her Instagram account, revealing she and partner Amanda Judd named their newborn son Jesse James.
“Bursting with joy and our hearts are so full with the safe arrival of our beautiful son Jesse James Judd,” Dellacqua wrote.
He was born in the early hours of Tuesday morning and weighs 4.2 kilograms, Dellacqua wrote on social media, joking “yep, i birth them big.”
Jesse James is the couple’s third child, after Judd gave birth to son Blake in 2013 and daughter Andie in 2016.
Last November, Dellacqua spoke of why she wanted to carry their next pregnancy.
“[Amanda’s] done most of the hard work till now, giving birth to our first two,” she told AAP at the time.
“Obviously she allowed me to continue with my sport and to do what I love, which is great.
“We’re a really good team and we balance each other out and are always willing to support each other.
“But, as a female, pregnancy was something I wanted to experience as well and we always knew we wanted three children so it was my turn to carry.
“I’m very grateful that I’m getting to experience this. It’s very exciting and I really can’t wait to meet the baby.”
In April last year, Dellacqua said she was retiring from tennis to spend more time with her family.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I definitely feel like it’s the right time to hang up the rackets and be a mum,” she said at the time.
“It’s time for me to spend time with my family, particularly while my kids are young.
“It’s a precious time in life and I feel like I want to be at home with my family.”
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Hard to believe this time last year I was gearing up for another Australian Open vs this year 32 weeks pregnant 😱🎾🤰 so proud of what I achieved throughout my career but so happy where I’m at in life now and can’t wait to meet our new little bubba soon 👶🏼❤️😍 in the mean time I’m looking forward to being at the AO “waddling” around and doing some more commentating over the next couple of weeks 😂🎤 #keepmeintheaircon #mummasohotandbothered #summeroftennis #ausopen2019 #busyworkingmum