Jessica Pegula addresses pregnancy rumours with brilliant social media post

Shahida Jacobs
Jessica Pegula talks to the media

Jessica Pegula’s continued absence from the WTA Tour has led to some interesting rumours and the world No 5 is once again taking it all in her stride.

The American hasn’t competed on the Tour since her early exit from the Australian Open as she withdrew from the back-to-back WTA 1000 events in Doha and the United Arab Emirates due to a neck injury.

But that didn’t stop social media users from speculating about her hiatus with one writing “It would be so iconic if both Krejcikova and Pegula were pregnant” after 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova also withdrew from both the Qatar Open and Dubai Tennis Championships.

Another X user wrote: “Bencic: ‘food poisoning’ — pregnant. Kvitova: ‘back injury’ — pregnant. Pegula: ‘neck injury’ — ??”

But Pegula, who has been married to Taylor Gahagen since 2021, responded with a superb Instagram Story as she simply wrote “Not pregnant. Lol” on an image of her tennis racket and bag, indicating that she is still focusing on her tennis.

Jessica Pegula pregnancy rumours
Jessica Pegula addresses pregnancy rumours on Instagram Stories

Pegula remains fifth in the WTA Rankings despite her sluggish start to the 2024 season and her absence from the WTA events in the Middle East.

The American started the year with a run to the semi-final of the Adelaide International, but then withdrew from her last-four clash due to illness. She was then stunned by Clara Burel in the second round of the season-opening Grand Slam at Melbourne Park.

Not long after her Australian Open exit her long-term coach David Witt announced that they had gone their separate ways with the decision coming as a surprise to him.

“It was a total surprise to me. Never saw it coming,” he told

Witt added: “We’ve had a great friendship for five years, so it’s very tough. I really value my relationship with my player just as much as I love coaching.

Pegula is scheduled to return to action at next week’s San Diego Open where she will be the top seed with the likes of Beatriz Hadid Maia, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Leylah Fernandez also in the main draw of the WTA 500 event.

Attention will then switch to the Sunshine Double and the 29-year-old has 120 points to defend at Indian Wells after reaching the fourth round last year while she reached the semi-final of the 2023 Miami Open, which will result in a 390-point drop.

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