Serena Confirms Pregnancy: Is Tennis Safe At 20 Weeks And Why Azarenka Stopped Playing During Pregnancy

Tracey Johnson - Author

Apr. 20 2017, Updated 9:35 a.m. ET

Serena Williams has officially confirmed her pregnancy on Wednesday after she nearly broke the internet with a photo of her posing sideways on her Snapchat story. The photograph was captioned “20 weeks” and later was taken off her Snapchat story.

Serena’s fans now know at least one of the reasons she will be taking a break from tennis since her spokesperson, Kelly Bush Novak, told the world that Serena Williams will not be participating in the tennis arena this year and that her intention is to only return to the tennis circuit in 2018. Williams is taking a similar approach to Victoria Azarenka, who also took time off from the court when she found out that she was pregnant in July of 2016.

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The photo, which had the world speculating about Serena’s pregnancy, was an image that shows Serena wearing a yellow bathing suit, and the clearly protruding profile of a baby bump is visible. Bush Novak said she did not know why the picture was removed and that she has no information about Serena’s social media accounts.

Kelly Bush Novak did make it clear that Serena will not be playing tennis again this year.

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“Serena said that I should make sure if anyone asks that that is clear.”

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