After revealing she is 20 weeks pregnant, Serena Williams could lose her 2017 Australian Open title. Tournament officials are considering vacating Serena Williams’ win, saying being pregnant gave her a two against one unfair advantage.
A spokesman for the prestigious tennis major says Williams may have also violated policy by not revealing she was pregnant. “Though we are thrilled at the joys of motherhood and beyond happy for Ms. Williams, it is our policy that all tournament participants inform us of any medical issues — to include pregnancy,” Nancy Wingerstaff, Australian Open Executive Director, stated.
“We could be forced to issue sanctions against Serena as she violated tournament and WTA policy. We do not allow pregnant players to participate in the tournaments over concerns for the player and their unborn.”
Serena deleted the Snapchat post revealing the pregnancy and has yet to issue any formal statements.