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Tatjana Maria's children huge source of inspiration during Wimbledon run

Joshua Rogers July 7, 2022
Tatjana Maria's children huge source of inspiration during Wimbledon run
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The 34-year-old German is into her first ever Grand Slam semi-final. She recently gave birth to her second daughter, and Tatjana Maria’s children have been a huge source of inspiration for her.

Tatjana Maria takes on Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur today (7 July) for a place in the Wimbledon final.

Maria has had to beat multiple seeded opponents during her incredible run, including 5th seed Maria Sakkari and 12th seed Jelana Ostapenko. If she can overcome Jabeur she will face either Simona Halep or Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon final.

The world No.103 only gave birth a year ago, making her run at this year’s championships all the more impressive. Balancing a top tennis career with being a mum hasn’t been easy, but her children have been a huge source of inspiration.

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Who are Tatjana Maria’s children?

Tatjana Maria’s children are daughter Charlotte, born on 20 December 2013, and second daughter Cecilia, who was born on 2 April 2021. The German tennis star is married to her coach, Charles-Edouard Maria, who she shares Charlotte and Cecilia with.

After her win against compatriot Jule Niemeier, Tatjana said: “I have goosebumps everywhere. It’s a dream. A dream to live this with my family, with my two little girls. I mean, one year ago, I [had just given] birth. It’s crazy.”

The family have been in London this week supporting Tatjana, but the mum duties haven’t stopped. Eight-year-old Charlotte is reportedly a keen tennis player herself and Maria’s daily Wimbledon routine starts with taking Charlotte to her practice at 8.30am.

Speaking about balancing work and personal life, Tatjana told Sportskeeda husband Charles is a big help.

“He’s taking care of the kids – he needs to,” she joked. “But he loves it. He loves his girls – he has only girls and he’s super happy about that. But you know, we do this together. We stay like a family together. That’s for us the most important. My career, his career – at the end of the day it’s our career. It’s a family business, let’s say.”

Maria’s kids are her priority

Despite the doubters, Tatjana maintains she always believed she could make this kind of run while being a mother. However, when it comes to tennis and her children, there is only one winner.

“To be a mom is for me on the top of my life,” she said after her quarter-final win (via Tennis.com). “I think it helps me in tennis too, because now my priority are my kids. I mean, for sure I play tennis, I want to do my best, and, yeah, that’s all what I want. But my kids are the priority.”

She added: “If I go out here, I want that my kids are happy, that they are healthy, that everything is ok. That’s the most important for me in my life, and for my husband, too. That’s why it works so well that we are working together. We are never fighting about the tennis because we both know the family is the most important. It will always stay like this.

“I’m in the semi-final of Wimbledon and it’s crazy, but I’m still a mom. After this, I will go out and see my kids and do the same thing I do every single day. I try to keep [things] normal as much as possible.”

They travel the world as a family

Maria traveled on tour for more than six years with Charles-Edouard and Charlotte. Even after welcoming Cecilia in 2021, she was back on tour within three months.

To be able to maintain their lifestyle on the road, Tatjana has enrolled her children in online classes.

“We chose this education for Charlotte, to travel around the world and do online school,” she told Sportskeeda. “It’s different to other people, we know. It’s also something we will do for Cecilia. I think it works, I think it shows her something different. It’s a different life. But they’re growing up in tennis – even the little one, she has a tennis racquet in her hand – and that’s the point.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.