I was born in El Centro, California. My father, Sergio Gavaldon, and mother, Angelica Gavaldon Loaiza, were living in Mexicali while my father opened new stores called Dorians. We then moved to Tijuana until I was age 12 where all our free time was spent at the tennis club, Club Britania.
I was six years old when I first saw Wimbledon on television. It was Chris Evert Lloyd against Hana Mandlíková. I was glued to the TV and told my father, “One day I will be playing against them at Wimbledon.” Ten years later, when I was 16, I walked into the Wimbledon grounds as a main draw competitor. I had become one of the top 30 in the world and at just 16 years old, found myself playing center court against Hana Mandlíková. I beat Hana, she was the seventh best in the world at the time and I was just the little girl that grew up with a drive and passion for the sport of tennis.
Now, 30 years later, I am a mother to my beautiful son, Noah, from my first marriage. I have remarried to my husband, Abraham du Plessis, and have two beautiful stepsons, Jonathan and William. There is no greater joy than being a mother and to be honest, it is a lot harder than tennis. No trophy will ever compare to the unconditional love and devotion that one feels as a mom. Here is an inside look at a day in my life:
Starting the Day
I like to wake up early, usually at 4:45 am, to get my workout done before my family is up. I do a two-hour workout, plus strength training every morning.
Morning Routine and Breakfast
I take a steaming hot shower, then I wake up Noah and get him ready for school. My breakfast is usually on the run – a granola, yogurt, and fruit or cashews.
I usually go home for lunch and try to catch up on laundry and meal prep. I love to eat with my husband when he is not travelling and prepare healthy salads or sandwiches.
Evening and Dinner
We like to have an early dinner and Noah does homework before taking a shower. Dinner is usually some kind of protein like chicken, always with vegetables (we eat a lot of greens). I like to oven bake broccoli, my husband loves balsamic Brussel sprouts, but I still struggle to get Noah to eat any vegetables.
We TRY to get to bed by 9 pm, but usually, it turns out closer to 9:30 on weekdays. On weekends, we like to sleep in a little but try to stick to a bedtime no later than 10 pm. Every night before going to sleep, we always pray and thank the Lord for all our blessings.
Staying busy and having a structured lifestyle works for me and my family, allowing us to stay productive while also spending quality time together.