Aussie star Sam Stosur has revealed why she made the brave decision to go public with her baby blessing news more than a month after the birth of daughter Genevieve.

Stosur last week revealed she and partner Liz Astling welcomed a new addition to their family on June 16, overjoyed with the safe and healthy arrival of “Evie”.

Stosur on Sunday said it still “feels weird” to talk about having a daughter of her own.

“Just very, very happy and excited, and just very proud to have little Evie here,” she told Channel 9’s Todd Woodbridge.

“Still seems a little bit weird to say she’s my daughter. But I’ll get used to that. It’s just absolutely amazing.

“She’s just an absolute gem, and even the tougher times don’t seem so bad when you just look at her little face and you just want to cuddle her and hold her all day long.”

Stosur last week posted heartwarming snaps from the Melbourne hospital where Evie was born and at home, declaring she and Liz, a former physical therapist for the Australian Fed Cup team, were “absolutely in love” and “rolling with the happy chaos”.

“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 the 16th of June, my partner Liz gave birth to our beautiful little girl, Genevieve. It has been a whirlwind time but we could not imagine life without her now.

Australian Tennis player Sam Stosur and partner Liz have announced the birth of their child on Facebook.Source: Facebook

“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!”

Stosur only went public with her relationship with Astling in December when she posted an emotional image on Instagram the day after she received the Tennis Australia Spirit of Tennis Award at the annual John Newcombe Medal event, held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

It was a landmark moment for Stosur, after she opted not to mention Astling during her awards speech.

“I was in the car park at the end of the night and something just didn’t feel right because I’d thanked all these people who were obviously very, very important to me, but not my partner,” Stosur told Nine.

“And she is a huge part of what I’ve been able to do. And who I am now. And that just didn’t sit well with me. And I thought, ‘Do you know what? Bugger this, I just want to thank her and I want to do this’.

“So that’s why I put it on Instagram. As you get older and you’re more mature and you reflect more on things and I thought, you know what, this is who I am.”

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Thank you @tennisaustralia for the Spirit of tennis award tonight at #newks2019. It was a massive surprise to receive this and I was honestly speechless. I wish I could go back and quickly compose myself to be able to say a proper THANK YOU to everyone who has helped me have the career I’ve had. David said some really lovely words and it was so fitting to be able to receive this from him. He is a great friend of mine, was my coach for many years and he helped me achieve the greatest moments in my career. Thank you Dave for having the belief in me and for all the sacrifices you made to be away and make me a better player and also a big part of the person I am today. Nick Watkins, Craig Morris and Josh Eagle were also very influential and important throughout different stages of my career and I thank them for all they have given me along the way. Id also like to mention the current amazing people I have around me for their continued support- Melanie Omizzolo (you’ve been there for many years Mel, there’s no better physio and you’ve been a friend for many years), Matthew Coridas and Rennae Stubbs for keeping me fit, healthy, on track and sharing in the good times and also the tougher times – I couldn’t do this without you. To my Mum, Dad, Daniel and Dom and my partner Liz, you have given me the love, support and every opportunity to pursue my dream and I’ll be forever grateful. Many thanks also to all those I haven’t mentioned but have been a big part of my longevity and success. I’m truly humbled to receive this award ☺️

A post shared by Samantha Stosur (@samstosur) on Dec 2, 2019 at 6:33am PST

Stosur has already declared her intent to play on in 2021.

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