Sam Stosur faces online hate after baby announcement
It seems Australia still has a long way to go.
And that was proven after Sam Stosur was on the receiving end of many ignorant comments after her baby announcement on Tuesday.
The Aussie tennis champion took to social media to reveal she’s a mother for the first time, announcing partner Liz Astling gave birth to a baby girl last month.
Stosur said she and Astling welcomed baby Genevieve into the world on June 16.
“Life in lockdown during coronavirus has been challenging in many ways but personally it's been one of the most exciting and happy times of my life,” Stosur wrote on Instagram alongside two photos of Genevieve.
“It has been a whirlwind time but we could not imagine life without her now.
“Mum and Evie are doing well and it's so amazing to be home with them both. We are absolutely in love with this little bundle and rolling with the happy chaos.
“We can't wait for what's to come and to watch little Evie grow up....Although not too quickly we hope.”
While the majority of fans and colleagues were overjoyed by the surprise announcement, there were some disgusting comments that followed.
Stosur has never explicitly spoken up about her sexuality or relationship with Astling, but she did thank her after winning the Spirit of Tennis Award at the Newcombe Medal night in 2019.
“To my Mum, Dad, … and my partner Liz, you have given me the love, support and every opportunity to pursue my dream and I’ll be forever grateful,” she wrote on social media at the time.
She also criticised Margaret Court after she made a comment saying that “tennis is full of lesbians” and suggested players should boycott Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open.
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