Los Angeles:Three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport has been dropping hints that her tennis career could finally be over, with motherhood fast becoming a full-time occupation.
The 32-year-old has vowed to decide in the next few days whether she will prepare for the Australian Open, which begins Jan 19 in Melbourne.
"I'll have to sit down more seriously and look at what I want to do in the future," admitted the Californian, whose 18-month-old son Jagger is taking up more and more of her time. "I need to be practising by early December if I'm going to Australia for the Open."
In the autumn of 2007, Davenport was happily carting her infant around the world on the WTA in Asia with a return to the game just three months after the birth as boredom and the yearning for a challenge set in.
She picked up another two titles plus another pair early in 2008.
But now, retirement could again be on the programme as Davenport lays the groundwork for a possible final goodbye. "Jagger has definitely made my life more busy," she said this autumn. "He's 17 months now and he has a lot of energy. He's very high-spirited, a lot of fun, a very emotional kid.
"My husband and I are just having a blast. We definitely want more. I mean, I am 32, so I still have a lot of child-bearing years left."
Davenport, ranked 36th, last played at the US Open in September, going out in the third round to Marion Bartoli.