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Tennis losing out in ignoring sibling rivalry...

Tennis losing out in ignoring sibling rivalry

07/16/2002

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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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2002, 03:53 PM
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Williams domination is a fact and people just have to get over it. All these articles are a waste time since there is no way this domination could be ended other than other players will get to the level of sisters or sisters get injured.

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Agree with tennis_ace.

IMO the fault lies not with the Williams sisters but the rest of the WTA tour except perhaps Martina, Monica, Lindsay and Jennifer who will/can give the sisters a run for their money.

For Amelie and all the other moaning minnies, if they think continually seeing the Williams sisters contesting grand slam finals is bad for tennis then may I suggest that they solve this problem by beating them!. Train harder, fight harder, believe in yourself, identify their weaknesses etc . Don't rely on a very select few to beat the Williams sisters, everyone in the top 10 should have be able to do it.

I am not a particular fan of the Williams sisters, but if they are continually contesting tournaments then I respect them and their sporting ability.
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Did you read the article tenn_ace?
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It won't last for long.. We just have to be patient. No one should be losing any sleep over Wx2 domination. If you like it - enjoy it while it lasts, if you don't - remember that there is life outside of tennis and ... just wait few more monthes ...

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It won't last for long.. We just have to be patient. No one should be losing any sleep over Wx2 domination. If you like it - enjoy it while it lasts, if you don't - remember that there is life outside of tennis and ... just wait few more monthes ...


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I totally agree with the author of this article. It's one of the biggest if not the biggest story in sports and people are ignoring it. You best believe that if Barry Bonds had a brother 15 months younger and both were on course to break some home-run record the baseball league would be exploiting that to no end. Or if Tiger Woods had a brother 15 months younger and they were competing at the British Open for the championship the media would be all over it. Or, finally, if Michael Jordan had a brother who was playing opposite of him in the NBA finals the NBA as well as the media would be covering hte hell out of those finals.

I'm hoping by the time the US OPEN comes around the media and the rest of the sports world would have woke up by then, especially if Serena and Venus both make it back to the finals again.

Another observation of mine is that the media seems to be more fixated with the downfall of Sampras and Agassi that the rise and domination of VEnus and Serena. The WTA is only screwing themselves, because lets face it, Venus and Serena right now are the focal point of the tour and while there are other great players out there, without Venus and Serena, most other players just aren't newsworth.

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Supremeross, are you related to Diana?
Actually I think it is a pretty big story right now but I agree it is undersold.
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I am not a particular fan of the Williams sisters, but if they are continually contesting tournaments then I respect them and their sporting ability
Too bad more tennis fans don't have this outlook about the Williams Sisters.

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It is undersold... I mean, that is IMO, the single biggest sporting feat in the history of almost any sport... yet look at the way the WTA markets it.

But I'm not surprised... we're talking about the WTA aren't we?

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What's the difference between Dimaggio, Jordan, Woods and Venus & Serena. Yep that's right they're men! It is true that this is the best sporting story in years and yet so many are MORE fascinated with how Tiger Woods MIGHT win the grand slam in golf. I mean what's more exciting watching two sisters play in grand slam finals and seeing their rivalry unfold or watching a golfer win every major (with no one been able to catch up to his level). But so many will opt for the later just because he's a man.

And yes the WTA is partially responsible for it too, but it's not just their problem.

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Guys - The story's not being ignored. I heard Pan Schriver on ESPNRadio just yesterday talking about it. And since there's not even a Tier II this week, NAD the British Open and Tiger Woods going fore the golf Grand Slam is this week, ANY women's tennis coverage is unusual. I agree the WTA isn't pushing enough.

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