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Australian tennis star comes out by announcing birth of son by her partner

NEW YORK – What a month for Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua. She gets bounced out of the U.S. Open on Tuesday and announces the birth of her son thanks to partner Amanda … thus outing herself to the world.

Dellacqua gushed about the couple’s newborn, Blake Benjamin, born about three weeks ago, without making a big deal about coming out.

“I think you all know I’m pretty normal, so my whole thing in life is family, and it’s been a really exciting time for me,” Dellacqua told the media.

Australia is in the midst of a heated political campaign for prime minister, and same-gender marriage is the hottest topic Down Under. It comes just weeks after neighboring island nation of New Zealand granted marriage equality to its citizens.

Dellacqua did not weigh into the marriage issue while announcing the birth of her son. Now everybody understands why she skipped Wimbledon this year: to be home for the new addition to her family.

“It was my time just to be at home, and to be with my family,” she said. “Now I’m back playing, I’m back to work. I’m out there for my family now.”

Dellacqua said she and Amanda may get a passport for Blake so they can go on tour with her. Only a handful of professional tennis players have families, according to perthnow.com.au.