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ViennaCalling
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:13 PM
Q. On opening night Monday Althea Gibson will be honored. Do you know anything about her and the role she played in tennis?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know much about her. I was young when she was playing, so I don't really know much about her.



:spit: OMG Jelena :haha: :help:

Natalicious
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:14 PM
:haha: :tape:

watudonesed
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:15 PM
Jelena isn't that smart. :shrug: Thought we all knew that buy now. :o

ViennaCalling
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:16 PM
Jelena isn't that smart. :shrug: Thought we all knew that buy now. :o

This isn't a Jelena-bashing thread. :weirdo:

ivanban
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:22 PM
This isn't a Jelena-bashing thread. :weirdo:

Well, you should've anticipated that before starting this thread :rolleyes:

ViennaCalling
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:27 PM
Well, you should've anticipated that before starting this thread :rolleyes:

Well, for me this quote is funny :rolleyes:

ivanban
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:30 PM
Well, for me this quote is funny :rolleyes:

For normal people - yes, but for trolls and tards - no :tape:

watudonesed
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:30 PM
This isn't a Jelena-bashing thread. :weirdo:

So now speaking the truth is considered bashing? She has said numerous idiotic things in the past. I think that's indicative to her intellect. :weirdo: Now hush your mouth because you're about just as stupid as Jelena, and I don't have time to waste on people like you. :shrug:

watudonesed
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:32 PM
For normal people - yes, but for trolls and tards - no :tape:

Unless Jelena was born in the late 1950s/early 1960s, I don't think anyone would find this funny. It's just pure ignorance. Fine, I won't say ignorant as it's a bit harsh. But if she doesn't know anything about a particular subject, she should just keep her mouth shut. But I understand that's hard for people like her (she has ADD).

Kworb
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:35 PM
Althea Gibson just isn't a big deal for people outside the US. We only see the person and not the skin color. So it's not surprising people like Roger and Jelena have no idea who she is or when she played.

Just Do It
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:36 PM
I guess that is funny, but can anyone tell me who is Althea Gibson ?

©@®eLess
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:37 PM
english is not her 1st language. Maybe she wanted to say something else and this fell out. But by writing all this stuf down, and seeing how many haters she achieved on this board in last couple of months, means she really became a true force. So keep your panties, cause she'll be bumping your faves in years to come!

ViennaCalling
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:37 PM
I guess that is funny, but can anyone tell me who is Althea Gibson ?

A tennis player who won Wimbledon/Roland Garros in the 50's ;)

watudonesed
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:37 PM
Althea Gibson just isn't a big deal for people outside the US. We only see the person and not the skin color. So it's not surprising people like Roger and Jelena have no idea who she is or when she played.

The maybe Jelena should have kept her crap to herself and just say she didn't know who Althea was. Don't you agree? Instead of pretending like she had some sort of knowledge as to who the legend was. The only thing that irritates me more than ignorance is lies. Jankovic is a liar and she's ignorant.

ViennaCalling
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:38 PM
english is not her 1st language. Maybe she wanted to say something else and this fell out. But by writing all this stuf down, and seeing how many haters she achieved on this board in last couple of months, means she really became a true force. So keep your panties, cause she'll be bumping your faves in years to come!

Sorry, but i'm not a hater. I love Jeca :hearts:

Sorry :p

Kworb
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:39 PM
The maybe Jelena should have kept her crap to herself and just say she didn't know who Althea was. Don't you agree? Instead of pretending like she had some sort of knowledge as to who the legend was. The only thing that irritates me more than ignorance is lies. Jankovic is a liar and she's ignorant.
She said she didn't know much about her. It's the truth. She probably only knew that she was American and a former tennis player.

watudonesed
Sep 1st, 2007, 03:44 PM
She said she didn't know much about her. It's the truth. She probably only knew that she was American and a former tennis player.

She also said she was playing when she was a young girl. Why pretend like you know something when you don't? :confused:

Matt01
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:03 PM
She also said she was playing when she was a young girl. Why pretend like you know something when you don't? :confused:

Get a grip! Maybe Jelena confused Gibson with someone else, or she knew her and remembered incorrectly (making a mistake) what she had read or heard about her. That quote doesn't necessarily mean that Jelena is a liar and pretended something. :rolleyes:

MagicMilan
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:14 PM
Trolls :D

CuteKoala
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:26 PM
Who is Althea Gibson? :confused:

njnetswill
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:42 PM
Gibson is not that famous, certainly not in Europe. I bet 95% of non-tennis fans in America have no idea who she is, if not more.

ivanban
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:54 PM
it's ridiculous to even celebrate this all Althea thing :rolleyes:
shouldn't she be judged by her achievements and not by her skin "color"?
honouring such thing only shows that in USA everything is still black-white
plus, people in USA don't know even current players let alone some players from 60 years ago :scared:

CuteKoala
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:59 PM
@ ivanban: I couldn't agree more. :yeah:

AkademiQ
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:00 PM
Gibson is not that famous, certainly not in Europe. I bet 95% of non-tennis fans in America have no idea who she is, if not more.

The problem is until now Gibson wasn't made to be important for what she stood for. She was and is an important part of tennis history, not just US tennis history - her contributions and trials should be made common knowledge. Selective ignorance shouldn't be celebrated.

nhissan
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:07 PM
english is not her 1st language. Maybe she wanted to say something else and this fell out. But by writing all this stuf down, and seeing how many haters she achieved on this board in last couple of months, means she really became a true force. So keep your panties, cause she'll be bumping your faves in years to come!

:worship:

Some people just don't get it...

Bruno71
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:08 PM
The word "ignorant" usually carries very negative connotations, but in the strictest sense of the word, yes, Jelena was ignorant of Althea and her accomplishments. So was Federer, and I assume most of the younger European players and undoubtedly some of the American ones. Althea should have had a higher profile in the tennis world, but that isn't the younger generation's fault. The celebration at the Open this year will help rectify that.

AkademiQ
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:12 PM
it's ridiculous to even celebrate this all Althea thing :rolleyes:
shouldn't she be judged by her achievements and not by her skin "color"?
honouring such thing only shows that in USA everything is still black-white
plus, people in USA don't know even current players let alone some players from 60 years ago :scared:


It's because she was a black woman and she won titles in a time when people didn't respect her because of her color is why she's important. I guess we should put the same standards to Ana/Jelena/Jovak who seem to be the popular kids this time. They are celebrated because they win but also because of where they come from. Why is it so hard for you to see parallels? Being one of the first deserves acknowledgment no matter what.

ivanban
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:18 PM
It's because she was a black woman and she won titles in a time when people didn't respect her because of her color is why she's important. I guess we should put the same standards to Ana/Jelena/Jovak who seem to be the popular kids this time. They are celebrated because they win but also because of where they come from. Why is it so hard for you to see parallels? Being one of the first deserves acknowledgment no matter what.

Uhmmm, I don't recall we celebrated decade since Monika Seles won USO and other Slams :rolleyes:

nhissan
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:22 PM
it's ridiculous to even celebrate this all Althea thing :rolleyes:
shouldn't she be judged by her achievements and not by her skin "color"?
honouring such thing only shows that in USA everything is still black-white
plus, people in USA don't know even current players let alone some players from 60 years ago :scared:


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Gimme More.
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:37 PM
it's ridiculous to even celebrate this all Althea thing :rolleyes:
shouldn't she be judged by her achievements and not by her skin "color"?
honouring such thing only shows that in USA everything is still black-white
plus, people in USA don't know even current players let alone some players from 60 years ago :scared:

It's so upsetting when you "Europeans", well the vast majority, talk about seeing people and no skin color. It's easy for you to say because you're race hasn't faced oppression. In the states, blacks weren't allowed to enter tennis tournaments. Althea opened doors for many African Americans, African Europeans- people of African descent. :shrug: She is a pioneer of the sport and that is why she is being honored. Yes, her skin color has contributed to her recognition and rightly so. Stop being ridiculous, and appreciate the things Althea has done for tennis. Unless, of course, you have something against people of African descent. :unsure:

Not only that, but you're Serbian. You probably have never seen black person outside of seeing one of TV. :o

Gimme More.
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:38 PM
And not only that, race is and has been a factor in the United States. In your "we don't see skin color" country, Althea isn't being honored. So shut up. This is America. Keep out of out affairs. :)

up!
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:40 PM
i didn't know anything abaout gibson before that us open and i think there aren't a lot of players who did too. so give everybody a break about althea ;)

MagicMilan
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:43 PM
Not only that, but you're Serbian. You probably have never seen black person outside of seeing one of TV. :o
What's that supposed to mean? :rolleyes:
As if it's a big deal if someone hasn't heard of Althea, I'm not saying anything about her achievements but you don't have to judge other people :rolleyes:

Gimme More.
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:46 PM
What's that supposed to mean? :rolleyes:
As if it's a big deal if someone hasn't heard of Althea, I'm not saying anything about her achievements but you don't have to judge other people :rolleyes:

I wasn't judging you. Have you ever seen a black person in your life? :shrug:

AkademiQ
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:00 PM
It's so upsetting when you "Europeans", well the vast majority, talk about seeing people and no skin color. It's easy for you to say because you're race hasn't faced oppression. In the states, blacks weren't allowed to enter tennis tournaments. Althea opened doors for many African Americans, African Europeans- people of African descent. :shrug: She is a pioneer of the sport and that is why she is being honored. Yes, her skin color has contributed to her recognition and rightly so. Stop being ridiculous, and appreciate the things Althea has done for tennis. Unless, of course, you have something against people of African descent. :unsure:

Not only that, but you're Serbian. You probably have never seen black person outside of seeing one of TV. :o


It's simple ignorance. Don't forget that in Serbia during soccer matches Serbian fans make racist chants and make monkey noises towards black/African players. Europeans aren't as color blind as they would like to think. So civilized right? So Ivanban and his ilk see race and hate on it. Hopefully Jelena is old enough to learn.

CuteKoala
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:18 PM
This discussion is pointless and stupid in my opinion. The only thing one can really deduce from it is that lots of American people obviously suffer from a severe superiority complex. :rolleyes: I actually like self-confident people, but excessive narcissism and arrogance are character traits I find pretty repugnant.

AkademiQ
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:22 PM
This discussion is pointless and stupid in my opinion. The only thing one can really deduce from it is that lots of American people obviously suffer from a severe superiority complex. :rolleyes: I actually like self-confident people, but excessive narcissism and arrogance are character traits I find pretty repugnant.

All you've done is describe perfectly the typical European and shown an example of one. Thanks.

Gimme More.
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:23 PM
All you've done is describe perfectly the typical European and shown an example of one. Thanks.

:bowdown: Not only that, but his post had NOTHING to do with the issues. :help:

ivanban
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:50 PM
It's so upsetting when you "Europeans", well the vast majority, talk about seeing people and no skin color. It's easy for you to say because you're race hasn't faced oppression. In the states, blacks weren't allowed to enter tennis tournaments. Althea opened doors for many African Americans, African Europeans- people of African descent. :shrug: She is a pioneer of the sport and that is why she is being honored. Yes, her skin color has contributed to her recognition and rightly so. Stop being ridiculous, and appreciate the things Althea has done for tennis. Unless, of course, you have something against people of African descent. :unsure:

Not only that, but you're Serbian. You probably have never seen black person outside of seeing one of TV. :o

This only shows how ignorant you are :fiery:

ivanban
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:55 PM
It's simple ignorance. Don't forget that in Serbia during soccer matches Serbian fans make racist chants and make monkey noises towards black/African players. Europeans aren't as color blind as they would like to think. So civilized right? So Ivanban and his ilk see race and hate on it. Hopefully Jelena is old enough to learn.

First of all, that was group of neanderthal fans that should be locked in prison for good.
Second, there are crazy people in every country (:cough: "Bush" :cough: )

*JR*
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:54 AM
Those bashing JJ for this ought to remember that she took some heat @ home from the ultra-nationalists (who that other Jeca and her father were kissing up to) for playing dubs with Matea Mezak of CRO @ the '01 USO Juniors.

AcesHigh
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:01 AM
No one should be bashing Jelena for this. I agree with the original poster and I thought it was funny when I heard it... I almost died laughing. But Jelena is 1) young, 2) not from America 3) not black. HOw can we expect her to know of Gibson? It's a shame the tennis community hasn't done more to honor her.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:21 AM
I really cannot stand this bitch

Chunchun
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:23 AM
Was this thread just supposed to a joke?
Just tease her and then forget her :o Don't make it serious :help: