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Kiki Bertens, Nicole Gibbs lead spring baby boom with birth announcements
Bertens and Gibbs gave birth to a son and daughter, respectively, after each announced their retirements in 2021.
Published Apr 05, 2022
The WTA baby boom continues this spring with heartwarming announcements from Kiki Bertens and Nicole Gibbs.
Bertens announced the birth of son Mats on Tuesday with husband Remko de Rijke, while Gibbs made Sky Jay Brody Gibbs’ Instagram debut with husband Jack Brody.
The former world No. 4, who first made her pregnancy public last fall, was flooded with congratulatory messages from across the tennis world, including Anett Kontaveit, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Sorana Cirstea.
Bertens played her final matches at the Tokyo Olympics last summer and made her retirement official shortly thereafter. The 30-year-old Dutch star enjoyed an impressive stretch of success in her late 20s with a WTA 1000 victories in Madrid and Cincinnati, along with a run to the WTA Finals semifinals.
Gibbs also announced her retirement in 2021 after the former My Tennis Life star made a seamless transition onto the pro circuit from a sweep of the NCAA singles and doubles titles. The 29-year-old reached two Grand Slam third rounds at the Australian and US Open and enjoyed a career-high ranking within the Top 70.