Black Country tennis champ, Jordanne Whiley, announces pregnancy

Four time Wimbledon champion, Jordanne Whiley, has announced that she is expecting her first child with partner Marc McCarroll.

Announcing the news on website 'The Mixed Zone', it emerged that she was 11 weeks into the pregnancy when she won the doubles title with Yui Kamiji earlier this month. 

The 25-year-old, who was born and raised in Halesowen, won a record-equalling tenth Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier this month, claiming the Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles crown on the final day of play at Wimbledon alongside Japanese partner Yui Kamiji. She is also the winner of 17 senior international singles titles and 40 senior international doubles titles, with a career best ranking of No. 5 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.

Revealing to Sue Mott, at The Mixed Zone, that she told her boyfriend of their impending new arrival in the middle of the FA Cup final, Jordanne said:

“I said, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m pregnant’ and he was so into the football, it didn’t really register until half-time! Then, obviously he was very happy!

"After Rio we decided we wanted a family. I thought if we started trying in May I could still play Wimbledon, and it worked. But I had no idea how incredibly sick I’d be.

"At the French Open, I was really, really ill. So sick I thought it was a stomach bug, but by Wimbledon I was a little more prepared. I knew how to manage it a bit better!


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“But still – winning the title – Yui and I couldn’t believe it. Actually in the final, she kept asking me, ‘Are you all right?’ She’s so sweet. She was really worried about me because I was pushing and over-hitting, determined to give it everything I had".

Jordanne suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, more commnoly known as brittle bone disease, a condition which can be inherited, and has been told by doctors that there's a 50-50 chance it could be passed to their child. She added:

“We did have the option to have IVF to remove the gene, to make sure the baby would be absolutely fine. But we decided to do it naturally. We got really lucky, although whatever happened we’d have loved our child just the same.

"But the wait was still the most nerve-racking 10 days of my life - I don’t think I got any sleep! When they told us it was all clear, it was the best day of my life. Marc cried and I’ve never seen him shed a tear in his life. It was so nice to see he had some emotion and how much it meant to him; he’s going to be a great father!"

Looking ahead to resuming her career after the birth, she has no concerns about resuming tennis when the time is right. Having been introduced to the sport by her Paralympian father at the age of 3, she is currently looking ahead to the Tokyo Paralympics, saying she has been encouraged by seeing what Sarah Storey and Jess Ennis have achieved. She added:

"[I think] it’s definitely possible for mums to be elite sportswomen. It’s even easier with Marc as a coach within my sport as we can travel as a family. I think it will definitely work".

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