James Willstrop and partner Vanessa Atkinson are celebrating the birth of their first baby, a bonny lad called Logan.
It was touch and go whether James’ interest in the world championships would be concluded by the time the baby arrived…and it appears to have been timed perfectly.
James was sadly beaten by Mohamed El Shorbagy in the semi final on Friday night, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the happy event came along a matter of hours later.
And Mr Shorbagy was one of the first to offer his congratulations on Twitter.
Logan James Willstrop!!!! I am so so happy for James and Vanessa!!! Hopefully we will get to meet Logan soon 🙂
James Tweeted his thank-yous last night for all the messages of goodwill:
So many thanks from Vanessa and me for all the kind messages and good wishes for Logan.The little fellow and Mum seem to be in good fettle!