Serena Williams hails rule changes to protect mothers in tennis

Serena Williams has the new changes to the ‘Special Ranking’ rule introduced by the WTA for 2019 to protect mothers in tennis.

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Serena Williams described the new changes as “great” and believes the move will encourage more players to take a break from the tour to have children then come back to resume their careers.

Under the new rules, returning mothers who have a special ranking that would earn them a seeded position can be drawn as an ‘additional seed’ at tournaments, meaning they would not be able to face a seed in the opening round of a tournament.

This change also ensures that no seed will get bumped as a result of a returning mother given a protected seeding.

Williams, along with other mothers on tour like former world number one Victoria Azarenka, had been advocating for such rule changes that would ease the transition back for players following the birth of their children.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi will be Williams’ first on-court appearance since she lost the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September amid a wave of controversy that resulted from her outburst at chair umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she accused of sexism.

“I’m feeling good. I’ve been training for a couple of months now and I’m getting ready for the new year,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said in the UAE capital.

358 Comments

  1. It is a good idea and development. It will encourage women in tennis to have children and still be active in sports

  2. Nice one!!! This will encourage more players to take a break from the tour of thier children to resume their careers

  3. It is a good idea and development. It will encourage women in tennis to have children and still be active in sports

  4. is a good idea and development. It will encourage women in tennis to have children and still be active in sports

  5. That’s a welcome development in the game of tennis. This will enhance competitiveness and great room for more participation by nursing mothers.

  6. Is a welcome development and big real sense of relieve for the women tennis now. It has been a big disappointment for tennis mothers who always lost their tops seeds because of pregnancy or children but with this new rule, it will give them a good break and protection to there top seeds too. Haapy to see Serena with such relieve after what happened with her and the umpire over sexism allegation. What a big way to start in 2019.

  7. I commend the tennis body for this adjustment. Now players resuming the game after child birthday will not feel pressured to keep up with the game.

  8. Serena Williams that is a very good spirit encouraging women that even with children they can still play tennis

  9. A very great decision made. This is really nice for the mothers and needs to be adopted to the soccer sector also.

  10. A FANTASTIC DECISION BY WTA……IT WILL GO A LONG WAY LIKE SERENA RIGHTFULLY SAID TO ENCOURAGE MOTHERS IN TENNIS SPORTS AND ALSO FOSTER IT’S DEVELOPMENT

  11. Such an amazing idea to encourage women in tennis game the opportunity to build their homes(child/children birth) and also be relevant in their careers as tennis players.

  12. Good one Serena Williams well done. It will enable mothers to take care of their children and still do well in their tennis carrier.

  13. Good and nice decision it will encourage women in the Tennis to bear kids and return back to their career also.

  14. Wonderful changes implemented, hope they all make the most advantage of it in the tennis tournaments, good one

  15. This will encourage more players to take a break from the tour of thier children to resume their careers

  16. The change of rule is very good and will really favour tennis moms. It’s always good for rules to be flexible and not rigid. This is a very wonderful decision.

  17. Being a mother does not make one not to be strong and active. This new rule is a great encouragement to them.

  18. Good news that will be very good given birth in sports don’t mean you can make your career move forward.

  19. It’s a good development and mother’s who play tennis are happy about it. Rules should be made to give the players satisfaction.

  20. wow this is really encouraging .. this will increase the urge for more woman out there with talent to join the world of tennis ….

  21. A welcome development for mothers in tennis. I believed the mothers in tennis will be very happy about the new rules.

  22. It is good for the women playing tennis to know that their ranking will not be affected by not playing during pregnancy and after child birth.

  23. Dx is great. Being active in sport should not deprived a woman from being not jus a woman but a mother. Thumps up!!

  24. Woow,that is great from Tennis sport there. Its good because returning mothers wouldn’t have strength like those are not nursing mothers.

  25. big real sense of relieve for the women tennis now. It has been a big disappointment for tennis mothers who always lost their tops seeds because of pregnancy or children but with this new rule, it will give them a good break , its Awesome.

  26. Good news this is. At least this will allow mothers the opportunity to have children and also pursue there passion and profession

  27. I do think about how they support mum in tennis. With this new rules I guess it is good enough to put them in consideration.

  28. This is good news,I hope she makes it right,women should be honored, this is something everyone should know,this is good news

  29. It is a good idea and development. It will encourage women in tennis to have children and still be active in sports

  30. That’s a welcome development in the game of tennis. This will enhance competitiveness and great room for more participation by nursing mothers.

  31. This is good development….wow! Lovely .2019 will be great year knowing there are better rules for the women in the game of table tennis…

  32. I think this is a good one for mothers in Tennis sports and it will be a great source of encouragement for them.

  33. Having a baby is not the end of athletes. One can can still perform better after given birth.this is great and encouraging

  34. This is a very good change at least it will accommodate nursing mother and give them time too very good development.

  35. The rule is just okay,no lagging behind for the sake of child birth in tennis.it is also a form of encouragement to them.

  36. Great development 4 moms in d sport.
    This ll encourage others 2 have kids while pursuing their careers in tennis.

  37. That a good decision, this is to encourage mothers even after child birth they can still do what they want to do. Is very good keep it up moma.

  38. Its a good development, coming at a good time.
    It will make females be open to giving birth and not over worry about their careers

  39. Yes this is important because if great player have kids and are not given equal opportunities with those that dont or special offers it would affect many mothers in tennis

  40. Wow, I love this new development,,, this will encourage ladies tennis players to take a break to become mothers and then return to the game after delivery…

  41. This is a way of encouraging mothers and mothers to be that there are still places for in the world of tennis. This will also go a long way to give some people enough time for their families

  42. Nice development, this will encourage women in the game to bear kids for there husbands and still comes back to the game.

  43. This is a good rules and supportive to women that partake in sports to have a baby and resume to their career. This will help girls to take on sport.

  44. This is just to sweet I love and support it women in sport should be respected too,its a welcome development

  45. Not a bad idea at all. I like the fact that mothers can continue in their career. Serene is sure an example for women

  46. This is a very good one for sporting mother’s, it’ll encourage them to do more even after childbirth…. Thanks to the tennis federation

  47. .nice one because some people were already leaving sports to go into full marriage to make their spouses happy

  48. Nice one by the tennis governing body ,atleast it will serve as motivate married players to work hard .

  49. This is good…its shows that they really care about this returning mothers. Congratulations to you mothers.

  50. I like this new rules because it would enable the mummies amongst them to participate better in the game.

  51. after the harsh comment made to her by the court judge serena havent being chill out, but nice move there and good step up also

  52. That’s good news, she’s really excited about it, that’s how it should be to encourage mothers who love this short to continue even after making babies

  53. wow, challenge brings out the best in you, it really makes you know what you’re cable of and brings the best in you

  54. I love this news it will really encourage mother’s to stick to there choice of career even after birth. The white are thinking while the blacks are busy embezzling.

  55. .nice one because some people were already leaving sports to go into full marriage to make their spouses happy.
    nice one

  56. This is a very good rule in favour of mother’s. It will also help to bring out the best in these women

  57. Good development ,more mothers will be encouraged to join tennis sports. Very thoughtful of her to do that.

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