Thursday, February 05, 2015

Lift every voice and sing - Ms Williams (Serena the Great) returns to that tournament.

Source: Serena Takes A New Stand, by Steve Tignor for

“You don’t make these stands to accomplish a specific goal, I’ve come to realize. You make them because they’re right. You make them because you wouldn’t be here if someone didn’t make them for you, long before you were even born. You make them because somewhere, some little girl might be watching.”

“I look at pictures of me from that tournament—all fresh-faced and excited and looking sharp in my Puma jumper,” Serena wrote. “I looked so cute!... And yet those people were just ripping me. I was just a kid, and they were ripping me. I feel so badly for the little girl I was back then. How can you justify treating a child so badly?”
They did it 'cos they were scared
They do it 'cos they're afraid
“Thirteen years and a lifetime in tennis later, things feel different. A few months ago, when [whoever] made racist and sexist remarks about Venus and me, the WTA and USTA immediately condemned him. It reminded me how far the sport has come, and how far I’ve come, too."
"Indian Wells was a pivotal moment in my story, and I am a part of the tournament’s story as well. Together we have a chance to write a different ending.”

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Serena is one of the (maybe five? eight?) greatest tennis players of all time. 

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