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The U.S. Open Is Changing Its Rules About Pregnancy Leave, Thanks to Serena Williams
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An ace for female tennis players everywhere: The U.S. Open just announced it will not penalize players whose rankings slip because of pregnancy leave when awarding seeds in this year’s tournament (beginning August 27), according to The Washington Post.

This means that expecting mothers who take a break from the tennis world for their pregnancy won’t slide way down in rank just because of a break from the game. This ruling comes after Serena Williams tumbled from No. 1 in the world to No. 454 after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, and taking a year off from tennis, which in turn affected her tourney seed at the French Open.

“We have top players who exemplify womanhood, becoming mothers, and are not being allowed to return following their pregnancy with a record that reflects that—Victoria Azarenka last year, and Serena now doing the same thing,” President and CEO of U.S. Tennis Association Katrina Adams told The Post on Saturday.

We can’t wait to tell our tennis moms group tonight at practice…

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