On court Kyrgios is at war chirping, bickering, verbally assaulting others and himself. Like a priest he self-flagellates as punishment, penance and performance.
Djokovic’s AO Deportation Drama Has Permanently Shattered Tennis’ Pretentious Veil of Integrity!
Novak Djokovic’s vaccination status is not only unambiguous, it reeks of privilege and distain for the sport and humanity!
Naomi Osaka Has Tennis Folks Big Mad With Her Refusal To Do Press During French Open 2021!
Osaka’s statement shows neither empowerment, nor entitlement. It is a protest. If only the mist of misogynoir were absent everyone would see it.
Playing Like A Girl…
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…
Three Generations of Black Tennis, Yes We Can!
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!
Is The ATP Ready For A Player To Come Out?
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?
The Visionary Richard Williams
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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First Meeting: Vandeweghe and Halep
Surprisingly, American #20 Coco Vandeweghe and Romanian #8 Simona Halep have never met on any court. The twenty-five year olds met for the first time in the quarterfinals at the Mutua Madrid Open. The match was much-anticipated as both players were well positioned for success this … Continue reading First Meeting: Vandeweghe and Halep
Nick Kyrgios: The Disruptor
Australian Nick Kyrgios is the most precious of athletes. He is what tennis fears, loves and despises. The talented and independent twenty-one year old refuses to follow the script the sport has provided. He does not want a coach. He does not want a typical … Continue reading Nick Kyrgios: The Disruptor
Book Review: My Voice is a Great Graduation Present
There isn’t a hip hop head who does not know The Voice of New York. She is an undisputed hip hop radio icon. Angie Martinez is hip hop. As hip hop matures and new radio personalities emerge, Martinez remains atop the list. Second only to Charlamagne … Continue reading Book Review: My Voice is a Great Graduation Present