Tennis losing out in ignoring sibling rivalry
Tom Cowlishaw (Dallas News)
The Williams Sisters – The Greatest Story Ever Ignored.
It's not as if no one noticed Serena and Venus meeting at center court at Wimbledon. But only tennis' miserable failure to promote its product has enabled this "rivalry" from being recognized as the most amazing sports story of our time.
Two sisters playing each other for the Wimbledon title, just 10 months removed from playing each other for the U.S. Open title, just one month after meeting in the finals of the French Open. This kind of thing just doesn't happen.
Imagine if Dom DiMaggio, an All-Star outfielder in Boston, had been brother Joe's equal. Then the debate a few years back could have centered on which DiMaggio was the greatest living ballplayer.
Imagine if Emmitt Smith and his brother Emory were both chasing Walter Payton's record.
Imagine if Mario Lemieux had a brother Marco, who battled him for the Hart Trophy year after year.
Imagine if Mike Tyson had a brother who boxed and they ... let's scratch that one.
But that's what this is like.
And considering tennis' country club roots and the limited access minorities have had, to the sport, the Williams sisters tale becomes all the more miraculous.
It's really the equivalent of Dirk Nowitzki and his brother Mirk (another fictional character) battling for the NBA scoring crown and MVP awards.
That's why it's a shame too much of the Williams' story focuses on the behind-the-scenes manipulations of their father, Richard, but that's tennis.
And it was no surprise to hear the match promoted in such sentimental fashion by Amelie Mauresmo, after Serena had trounced her in the semifinals.
"I can't tell you how many people have [said], 'I don't want a Williams final.' I think people are going to get bored about it," she said.
Thanks, Amelie. Why not just tell people to sleep in?
That's why the year's biggest event in the sport (surely, no one regards the men's final as bigger than the women's anymore) got about 2 million fewer viewers that day than the Pepsi 400 earned later that night...
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