Williams to find out Wimbledon seeding decision

Despite being gone more than a year, Williams advanced to fourth round of the French Open, before being forced to withdraw due to an injury hours before facing Maria Sharapova.

The New York Times first reported the story on Saturday, quoting Katrina Adams, president and chairwoman of the US Tennis Association as saying, "It's the right thing to do for these mothers that are coming back".

Williams - arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time - only recently returned following more than a year out of action meaning that she is likely to enter the competition unseeded. The move ahead of the French Open sparked outrage.

When the subject came up at the AELTC's spring press conference at the start of May, some club officials expressed private concerns that by seeding Williams, they would be unfairly relegating another player who had worked all year for her place among the top 32.

The U.S. Open, the second biggest tournament of the tennis year, will no longer penalize players whose rankings have tumbled because of maternity leave, starting with this year's tournament in August.


There hasn't been an indication where Williams, 36, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, may be seeded at the US Open.

WTA rules state players who drop in the rankings due to missed time don't receive protected seedings in tournaments, regardless of the reason. Upon returning to the women's field in the summer, the three-time French Open victor slid to No. 453 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings, with the French Tennis Federation denying her a seeding.

Majors give out seeding predominantly based on a player's ranking, which takes into account recent win-loss records. We'll see where she's seeded for that tournament - which she's won seven times - on Wednesday when the seeds are released. "Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking". The organization said it would reconsider its position.

"Giving somebody an automatic seed is really something you need to think about".

  • Steve Townsend