The Obama Presidency rested on democratic ideals of equality and justice for all. It reinforced a liberal utopia put forth by the constitution, where race, gender, sexual identity were embraced, not constantly challenged. Eight years later Trump’s win and white supremacy agenda prompted President Obama … Continue reading Three Generations of Black Tennis, Yes We Can!
With her arms flailing and feet knocking cans off the low shelves, she threw herself on the floor. She was screaming loudly in the midst of the most outrageous tantrum I’d ever witnessed. She was a spectacular spectacle. Her antics slowed cart traffic and nearly time … Continue reading Playing Like A Girl…
It is rare that television commercials serve us This Is Us or Queen Sugar feelings. Often we use the time to take a phone, fridge or potty break. We extol the virtues of the actors and writers or we slander them during the minutes of marketing … Continue reading In My Feelings…
Tennys Sandgren. Sergiy Stakhovsky. Margaret Court. They have hurled homophobic words and loaded language at the LGBTQ. The tennis world notoriously has not been a safe place for gay people. Sure there are a few out women on the singles and doubles court. But there are no out … Continue reading Is The ATP Ready For A Player To Come Out?
This tournament had levels of importance far beyond its Premier 5 designation. As the No. 1 player, this was Halep’s first tournament since her third round Wimbledon lost to Su-wei Hseih and No. 3 Stephens warmed-up at the Washington DC tournament last week with a … Continue reading What I Learned From the Montreal Final
The often derided Richard Williams was prophetic when he declared that his daughters would be #1 and #2. Tennis media, players and even fans jeered and mocked him. Today it is clear that, though his character can be questioned and his childhood tales are a stretch to believe, his preparation and guidance of his daughters with the often unacknowledged assistance of his then wife, Oracene, is to be hailed.
James Blake, tennis commentator and Miami Open Tournament Director, was asked on Tennis Channel if Richard Williams should be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, his equivocation was astounding. No doubt, Blake would vote for Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached Serena after she had achieved thirteen grand slams. For Blake, Mourgatoglou is a proper coach and Williams is not. Richard and Oracene Williams are worthy of Hall of Fame induction whenever they are ready to accept.
Williams’ 2014 memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It, and the 78-page blueprint he prepared in 1980, describing how Venus and Serena would reach the top, are part of his legacy. Serena and Venus are what we will all truly remember, and that is more than enough!
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Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is the twenty-three year Australian the tennis community refuses to embrace. He is their step-child, relegated with harsh words and steely gazes. The warm embrace of acceptance and support his peers have enjoyed is not his tennis experience. He is often described … Continue reading Oh Kyrgios, Why Have They Forsaken Thee?