I agree with you Jean! Over the years Venus got some really bad press. The Venus of the first 4 years got pretty much beat up by the press. They took their dislike of Richard out on her, The way she walked, her attitude on the court. Her not making friends with the other players, not smiling enough, The way she dressed. Tracy Austin had a ball criticizing Venus on the air in 97. Every time I look at that tape, I feel sick with dislike for that woman.
That was Venus first successful US OPEN. She was so happy & joyful, but Austin really started the rumers she brought the locker room gossip on the air, so thousands of people maybe millions, got the impresion that Venus was not a nice person. A good player yes, but a snoty bitch. The press just picked up where Austin left off.