“Mommy” Lindsay Returns to Wimbledon

Lindsay Davenport, the former world No. 1, is back in the Wimbledon draw this year – her first appearance as a mother and her first appearance since losing the epic 2005 final to Venus Williams. With one-year-old Jagger Leach now in tow, Davenport will look to join a very exclusive club of five moms to win a major singles title. Does Davenport have a shot to join this exclusive group? Odds are against her, but if she does achieve the feat, here are the women whose club she would join.

Dorothea Douglass Chambers – The British great won two of her Wimbledon titles after the birth of her first child (1910, 1911) and two more after the birth of her second child (1913, 1914).

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman – She was challenged by her father to win the U.S. Championship after she became a mom. In her first return appearance, she lost in the 1915 singles final to Molla Mallory, but she did turn the trick until 1919, when at 32 years old, she beat Marion Zinderstein Jessup 6-1, 6-2 to win her fourth U.S. title.

Sarah Palfrey Cooke – This American star did not defend her 1941 U.S. title due to pregnancy (she was married to standout American player Elwood Cooke), but she won the 1945 U.S. title, beating Pauline Betz as a 33-year-old mother.

Margaret Court – The Australian who was the most prolific winner of majors championships ever (62 titles in singles, doubles and mixed) actually played the 1971 Wimbledon women’s singles final while pregnant with her first child, son Daniel, losing to Evonne Goolagong. Court, however, returned to win the Australian, French and U.S. Opens in 1973.

Evonne Goolagong – The most recent of moms to win majors, Goolagong beat Chris Evert Lloyd in the 1980 Wimbledon final.