After a season in which #Serena #Williams’s return from pregnancy forced officials to make on-the-fly adjustments to tennis’s rules, the #WTA this month updated its rule book to give mothers more flexibility.
Previously, the WTA rule book governed maternity and injury/illness by the same rules, meaning that the dispensation for pregnancy was the same as for a sprained ankle.
Now, pregnancy will receive more consideration. A returning mother will have up to three years after the birth of her child to be eligible for a special ranking to gain entry into tournaments. The maximum had been two years after her last competition.