Marcos Baghdatis lost just in time.
He was still in the locker room after losing to Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga at the Stockholm Open when he recieved the phone call that would change his life. His wife, WTA player Karolina Sprem, was about to give birth.
"As I got to the lockers I picked up my phone to call Karolina, as she was going in the morning for a check up at the doctor," explained Baghdatis. "The phone was ringing and it was her sister. She told me, 'You are going to be a father today.' I was a little confused as Karolina wasn’t due to go in until Thursday, but she told me, 'She is in now.' So I told her I will arrange my tickets to get to Croatia.
"[Then] as I was walking up the stairs to say goodbye to the tournament staff and leave, I got a call and Karolina’s sister told me, 'You are a father.'"
After missing his connecting flight and spending a night in Germany, Baghdatis finally got to meet baby Zahara.
Sprem picked the name Zahara, which is derived from the Greek word for 'sugar.'
On The Go Tennis wishes both parents the best, although we're sure they'll both be - to borrow a phrase from my home country - 'sweet as.'