View Full Version : Is there a special ranking for maternity leave?

Jun 14th, 2003, 05:55 PM
Does the wta have a special circumstance ranking for pregnancy. I would imagine such a rule would be in place since it's aon organization made up of only women and if the rule applies to maternity leave then the same maternity rule should be applied to the players who afterall are the wta.

Jun 14th, 2003, 05:59 PM
yes they have

Jun 14th, 2003, 06:00 PM
It's the same as with any "injury." You have a protected ranking for a certain amount of time after you return.

Jun 14th, 2003, 06:22 PM
It's the same as with any "injury." You have a protected ranking for a certain amount of time after you return.

How long is it? How is your ranking protected and what happens when u return to the tour?

Jun 14th, 2003, 06:33 PM
Well, I don't know the exact answer to all those questions. :confused:

But, if you get pregnant/injured when you are ranked, say, #40 in the world then when you come back you are allowed a certain number of tournaments you can enter at the #40 ranking even though you have fallen to, say, #120. That makes a big difference in being allowed to get into the main draw of tournaments.

If you do well and your rank goes up (from 120), that's a good thing but if, after the requisite amount of tournaments you are still below your pre-injury rank (40) then you will drop down to your ACTUAL rank and have to enter qualifying, etc. to get into the main draw.

This is what I understand but someone else might know otherwise. :) If so, anyone is invited to dispute what I said. I won't get mad. :kiss: After all, I didn't look it up, I just answered off the top of my head. :rolleyes:

Jun 14th, 2003, 06:42 PM
Maternity and injury/illness Special Ranking requests will be governed by the same rules (as Injury Rank), however, as for absences due to maternity leave, for a player to be eligible for a Special Ranking such player must be ready to play her first Tournament within twelve (12) months of the birth of her child.

Jun 15th, 2003, 04:39 PM
Wow, harsh. Maternity leave has a time limit in which to return to action. But I guess 12 months is ample if the player had made a firm decision to keep playing after the birth of their child. Otherwise, wow...