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The Williams Sisters and Indian Wells

Can someone please explain to me what happened with Venus and Serena and Indian Wells? Why do they boycott the tournament?
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Funny, I was just thinking about this tournament today actually and wondering if Vee and Serena will ever play there again. Anyway, what happened was Vee had to pull out of her semi-final with Serena due to injury. People were angry coz they thought it was a fix and also coz they thought it was unfair for Kim to play her semi when Serena got a free pass into the final. As a result, Serena got jeered like crazy during the final. The crowd were really pathetic

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Venus attended the final with Richard and they were called n***ers by some of the fans. I think that might have a lot to do with it too. Plus, with the way their bodies are, playing four weeks in a row right before clay season is difficult for them.

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The Williams will NEVER play there again. Not even for $10 million.
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Can someone please explain to me what happened with Venus and Serena and Indian Wells? Why do they boycott the tournament?
The last time they participated was in 2001. The two sisters were supposed to meet each other in the semis, but Venus had to withdraw. Serena went through to the final and beat Kim Clijsters. The audience didn't appreciate Venus' withdrawal, you could say they were hostile towards Serena. The Williamses thought those spectators were racists (maybe someone can prove it with examples of their behaviour) and since then they don't play there anymore
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Its excellent that the Williams Sisters stand up to racism. They will not put up with that crap.
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Venus withdrew from her match like ten minutes before they were supposed to play. That was like the most highly anticipated match of the tournament, everyone was so excited about it. It was wrong that she withdrew at the last minute. Like fans didn't even know until they were in their seats and they announced it.

However, the crowd was way out of control and out of hand. No one has the right to throw racial remarks at people, nor should they boo someone for an entire match. They even booed Venus and Richard just for walking down the stairs (Venus was visibly limping btw) the day of the final. Anyway, Serena won that match, which was pretty much a big F-You to the crowd, and then since then the Wililams have and will never play there again.

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Its excellent that the Williams Sisters stand up to racism. They will not put up with that crap.
But why do we have to put up with your crap?




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Venus withdrew from her match like ten minutes before they were supposed to play. That was like the most highly anticipated match of the tournament, everyone was so excited about it. It was wrong that she withdrew at the last minute. Like fans didn't even know until they were in their seats and they announced it.

However, the crowd was way out of control and out of hand. No one has the right to throw racial remarks at people, nor should they boo someone for an entire match. They even booed Venus and Richard just for walking down the stairs (Venus was visibly limping btw) the day of the final. Anyway, Serena won that match, which was pretty much a big F-You to the crowd, and then since then the Wililams have and will never play there again.
Correction: Venus had actually shown up 3 hours before her withdrawal to the tennis site in order to withdraw; however, the tournament doctor got there only 30 minutes before the match. They actually had her attempt to do calisthenics, and the doctors agreed that she was unfit for match play.

Pat McEnroe was getting ready to call that match, and I don't think he'll ever forgive Venus and Serena for that. He was on the air fuming.

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But why do we have to put up with your crap?
Here we go again.



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No way is this thread up AGAIN.
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Serena's got two IW titles, she doesn't need to go back

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Yeah the sisters dont exactly need another controversial apperance at IW, Miami is always the week after so will play there. Enough big names to satisfy the crowds at IW
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They will never play there again and rightfully so, they have way too much self respect than to play there again

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