Werthiem's om a roll this week. LMAO
My friends and I long have been fans of your columns, until recently. We all want to ask you this question, and please don't feel obligated to respond. How much does the Williams family pay you every month to defend them publicly time and time again? Please don't take this the wrong way, but recently you come across as one of their obsessed fans rather then a respected journalist.
P.S. I'll understand if this question doesn't make it into the column next week.
Again, this is an equal opportunity 'Bag. You don't have to agree with me to get your communique published. The raft of Williams fans who often accuse me being too critical
of Venus and Serena will get a kick out of your submission. (Just this week, Cynthia Yost of Page, Ariz., labeled me a "racist," adding, "I'm sorry you find the Williamses so boring. Personally, I'd pay good money to watch one of them chase you around the court with a racket.")
In the past I've taken my shots at the House of Williams, particularly for the dubious withdrawals and for Richard's hostile comments and conduct. But overall it's pretty hard to take serious issue with Venus and Serena lately. Their tennis has been unimpeachable. Even the diehard Jennifer Capriati fans seem to have conceded that, at the moment, the sisters are a cut above the field. They've gone to great lengths to dial back their perceived arrogance, and their on-court behavior is pretty much beyond reproach. With Richard (thankfully) under the radar and their mother, Oracene, projecting class and calm, they have steered free of controversy. (If saying all that makes me an obsessed fan, so be it.)
Also, anyone else amused by the arc of the criticism against them? First, They're not as good as they think they are
(Martina Hingis, inter alia, Key Biscayne 1997; Anna Kournikova, Wimbledon 1997.). Then, They're good, but, man, they're arrogant
(1998-99). Then, They're good but they don't play enough to be considered great
(2000-01). Now that they're indisputably the dominant forces in the women's game, They've suddenly become boring
. And, by the way, Their matches might be fixed
I'm not prepared to make the blanket statement that it's because of race, but, at least among Mailbag readers, I get a distinct sense that they're held to a higher standard of conduct and decorum. Consider questions like this