Women’s Tennis Association Just Made Some Long Overdue Changes To Their Rulebook That Should Make Serena Williams Very Happy

The Women’s Tennis Association has had a rough go of it lately, and it appears they are finally doing something to address the sport’s ongoing issues.

The 2018 season culminated in the US Open Women’s Singles final in September, during which Serena Williams was targeted unfairly by an umpire who smacked her with SEVERAL code violations. That controversy came after a string of upsets for Williams.

Now, the WTA has made some much-needed changes to its rulebook.

The first change addresses the infamous French Open catsuit, which Williams, 37, wore to her match, prompting French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli to ban the outfit “out of respect [for] the game and the place,” i.e., out of the same sexism present in many high school dress codes.

The catsuit was not just a look but served a function that was vital to Williams’ health. According to Glamour, the suit “was specifically designed for Williams to prevent blood clots from forming while she played. She has a history of blood clots and was especially at risk following childbirth.”

Williams said about the outfit:

“All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in [the] middle of everything, that’s what this represents.”

The WTA specifically addressed this in its updated rules for 2019:

“Leggings and mid-thigh-length compression shorts may be worn with or without a skirt, shorts, or dress.”

The WTA also addressed women’s rankings following maternity leave, another issue that affected Williams this season.

Which begs the question: Why did it take so long to change outdated rules?

The rules go into effect at the beginning of the 2019 season, which Williams has said she’s ready to take on.

We hope there will be significantly less sexism on the courts this time around.

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