In tennis, as in all professions, we must protect the right of any woman to be a mother if she wishes. It is not acceptable that, unlike men, they have to decide between one thing and the other
It is a fact that the current tennis players last longer than before in the circuit. And that this entails having to reconcile professional and family life, a task that is not always easy. I imagine that for David Ferrer it will be more expensive from now on to be absent for long periods and to see less of his baby and his wife. It does not happen only in this profession, of course, and also it is not cause for complaint. The fact requires more reflection, however, when this circumstance affects tennis players.
There has been some debate in recent weeks about Serena Williams' return to the circuit after her recent maternity leave. The suggestion was to be allowed to enter as a seed, that is, occupy a place among the top 32 in the world, a position that is practically indisputable in the case of the American.
My question is this: Would it be fair and not a subjective fact to eliminate one of the 32 tennis players who have earned their position to give it to the one that was number one in the classification? From my point of view, the organization has made the right decision by not doing so.
This leads me to ignore that the debate of the rankingsmust exist and that a solution must be found that regulates in a way the two main circumstances that break the stability of the tennis players: the injuries that affect men and women equally, and the right to be mothers, which affects only women.
In his day I proposed that the possibility of a ranking every two years be contemplated , with a decreasing sense as the first one passed. This would avoid a drastic loss of all the points at stake when there is a loss of a tournament due to injury, maternity or any other occasional circumstance.
It is not possible that Juan Martin del Potro returns from an obligatory interruption being the 700 in the world and not enter as a seed in a Future - which are the tournaments that some guys who are in the Academy of my nephew dispute. Anyone knows that this does not correspond to reality.
As for the maternity of tennis players we need a solution that prevents us from falling into arbitrary decisions and, therefore, not always fair. The Italian Flavia Pennetta decided to abandon her sports career the day after winning the US Open to fulfill her desire to be a mother. For her, combining a pregnancy, a birth, a recovery and a return to a good classification, I imagine, was difficult for her to face.
In tennis, as in all professions, we must protect the right of any woman to be a mother if she wishes. We must try, as far as possible, not to hinder his return to competition. And, without doubt, it would be very good for society to see how a woman can be a mother and, at the same time, succeed in sports. What is not acceptable, under any circumstances, is to allow, unlike men, have to decide between one thing and the other.
I hope the leaders do something about it.