I'm not going to even pretend to understand what you were trying to say.
But what I was talking about was not about attractiveness but about skin colour.
Heather Watson and Laura Robson both have achieved very similar things with Heather edging out Laura on ranking until very recently, but according to British media only Laura has achieved anything, Heather is constantly paid dust by the Brits. She doesn't get featured in vogue or get any endorsements, and its not like Laura is supermodel hot, she's as average as they come.
Why would any British parent who harbours any sporting ambition for their ethnic child pick tennis for them when there are so many other sports where ethnic minorities get better exposure and better opportunites (like athletics)?
Despite the Williams Sisters tennis is still seen as a white sport. For years the sisters where ruining the sport (those critics have only shut up because the girls have made them shut up with their results) but now I think by many white folk (probably not the sort you'd find on here) they are seen as the token black players as opposed to pioneers paving the way for other races entering the sport.
At my local tennis club in an affluent white neighbourhood, there is a black family who practice with their sons 4/5 days a week when the weather is good (I suppose they go elsewhere when winter comes) but one time they were there an older member of the club complained to me that one of the boys wasn't wearing proper tennis shoes...I certainly at the time was not wearing "proper tennis shoes" and I could see others falling into that boat too. But the next time I went to the club there was a sign about correct footwear. I assume someone told the family as they were all in the "correct" shoes next time I saw them but I didn't bother changing my shoes. Whenever they are there you always get the chorus of tutting from the other patrons of the club, no matter what they are doing.
I even heard one time a lady asking the mother whether tennis would be the right route for the boys or would they be better off playing football.
To be fair though they're also quite open about their disapproval of the eastern european players...apparently they're the reason why precious Laura Robson hasn't won wimbledon yet.
I know this isn't the case for a lot of serious tennis fans, who want to see the best players pushing the sport higher and higher no matter what their race is. Its the fans who have followed the sport for years and years, but aren't serious enough to follow it throughout the year but aren't casual enough that they don't know the major players.
" Despite the Williams Sisters tennis is still seen as a white sport. For years the sisters where ruining the sport (those critics have only shut up because the girls have made them shut up with their results) but now I think by many white folk (probably not the sort you'd find on here) they are seen as the token black players as opposed to pioneers paving the way for other races entering the sport."
I disagree with this point. I think Ashe, McNeil, Garrison, Washington etal were
considered more like " token " blacks. Mainly because they conformed to the
age old tennis norms. They tried to fit in. In dress, manner, and decorum.
Just hearing Arthur Ashe speak one couldn't tell if he was black or white so
the average black on the street had a hard time relating to him. I later
learned he was a great advocate of racial equality but that wasn't my first
The Sisters blew all that out of the water. With beads flying, loud colors,
and outragious demeanor they came in doing it on their terms. At first they
were laughed at and ridiculed. But as they started winning the tennis world was
forced to see them in their own light. There was no doubt about where they were
coming from and they demanded accceptance in no uncertain terms. The tennis
world rebelled and still are. But as long as they keep winning.............
They were pioneers paving the way for young blacks by relating to them in ways
they were used to. And not only blacks, look at the
colorful persona's out there today instead of the
old stodgy elitest styles of yeaterday.