I don't think this has been posted yet and I found it interesting ( to say the least) so here ya go
Race row over Serena boos
By Richard Yallop
AUSTRALIAN Open tennis champion Serena Williams's mother Oracene Price believes a racial element contributed to the Melbourne crowd's occasionally hostile reaction to her daughter.
Ms Price, whose daughters Serena and Venus contested Saturday's women's final, has told The New York Times she believed a racial component was involved in the crowd's resistance to an all-Williams final. Her remarks were sparked by the boos given to Serena during her semi-final on Thursday against Belgium's Kim Clijsters, who is Lleyton Hewitt's girlfriend.
Small sections of the crowd in Rod Laver Arena booed in the final set when Serena took an injury break for a blistered foot, and again when she won.
Ms Price said: "I guess it's because the environment of tennis has mostly been white. Especially over here in a culture where you see that people have conquered other people who were indigenous to this country.
"And the same thing in the US. I think it's a bit of arrogance, more or less: who has to be on top and who has to be on the bottom."
Ms Price could not be contacted yesterday, flying home to Florida with her daughters.
Former Grand Slam winner Margaret Court said she thought the jeers resulted from the length of the injury break. "I don't think it had anything to do with colour," she said. "Australian crowds respect ability, and the problem in the final was they didn't know which sister to support."
Network Seven commentator and former Davis Cup player John Alexander said: "Growing up in tennis in Sydney with Evonne Cawley, I felt crowd behaviour was never based on race."
He recalled the autobiography of former black American tennis champion Althea Gibson, who wrote that Australia was one of the first places she had not felt discrimination.
"I can understand what Oracene says because of the prejudice the family may have suffered in the US, but the reception given to Clijsters was because of her association with Lleyton, and the fact that she's the closest thing we have to a women's champion."