to offer increased rankings protection for returning mothers: report
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[December 14, 2018]
(Reuters) - The Women's Tennis
Association (WTA) will offer greater protection to the rankings of
mothers returning to the tour after giving birth, British media
reported on Thursday.
Players returning from maternity leave or injury will now be able to
use their previous ranking to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year
However, Serena Williams' request for returning mothers to be seeded
in line with their rankings has not been approved.
The 23-times Grand Slam champion made a comeback in February after
giving birth to her daughter last year.
Her world ranking had fallen to 451 when she was not seeded at the
French Open. She was, however, seeded 25th at this year's Wimbledon
despite being ranked outside world's top 32 players.
The BBC reported that the WTA had also clarified its regulations
around clothing to ensure Williams would be able to wear the black
catsuit which attracted the ire of the French Tennis Federation
president Bernard Giudicelli.
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Serena Williams of the United States stands on the court after her
match against Naomi Osaka of Japan (not pictured) in the women's
final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament
at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The WTA did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)
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