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tennisIlove09
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:07 PM
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Tennis player Venus Williams waves as she arrives for a press conference at Madrids town hall, in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006. The WTA Tour and UNESCO agreed to a new campaign Saturday to promote women's equality in sport. Five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will be the face of the campaign, which is for all sports.

new-york
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:16 PM
:hearts:

& take some time for the court.

V's a star
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:17 PM
With all the time off the last 3 yrs Venus has done so many things off the court and has now become such a humanitarian. Great 2 see that if shes not on court she's doing things like this. LOVE YA VEE

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:17 PM
lets hope that fur isn't real

Parsley
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:23 PM
lets hope that fur isn't real

Agreed.

God, I hope men are never equal with women in sports, otherwise Federer would retire from tennis to attend Martha Stewart cooking show and similar stuff.

Vlover
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Fantastic!! Couldn't ask for a better campaigner as she possesses all the attributes of a world class athlete.:hearts:

Vee please be ready for Jan we miss you greatly:kiss:

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:35 PM
I hope she knows she's up for a real battle.
The inconsistencies are pretty much everywhere.
I think it's rational to make Wimbledon feel as sexist as possible and the only way to do that is to request equal prize money at all tournaments the men and women play.
So if the women's Italian Open gives about half the prize money as the men's then request equal pay and if that means using a sponser that would be considered a bit controversial than so be it.
I don't feel women are treated the same way as the men even in the organization of the USTA, that needs to be looked at.
There should be equality in areas where there isn't.
It should not have taken India so long to have a women tennis star.
The names of South African men's tennis players is a pretty respectable list but the names of the South African women's tennis players is short.
The list goes on and on.
I would like to see consistency and I hope Venus will be able to do so.

Craigy
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:36 PM
:hearts:

Vlover
Nov 11th, 2006, 05:47 PM
[QUOTE]I hope she knows she's up for a real battle.
The inconsistencies are pretty much everywhere. That's why someone has to take the lead and I'm happy she stepped forward and hopefully many more will join in this worthy fight.

winone23
Nov 11th, 2006, 06:04 PM
Go Venus!!!! After all she was the one the set the standard for women to get huge endorsement deals. And now she Is fighting for a worthy cause.

vwfan
Nov 11th, 2006, 06:51 PM
Venus. Love it!:worship:

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 11th, 2006, 06:59 PM
:inlove: :hearts: VENUS OMG YOU LOOK STUNNING! :eek: She looks great! Best outfit of the year!

cartmancop
Nov 11th, 2006, 07:37 PM
I think she is a great choice. Confronting Wimbledon publicly this year about their prize money habits was a big deal. Especially b/c she was a defending champion and still a prominent force on tour. I hope she can get a few other big name players (JHH, Maria, etc.) to join her and make this a big issue...

Viktymise
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:15 PM
:eek: Vee looks soooooo bling in that pic :hearts: best outfit i have seen on anyone period this yr, the jacket is fab too :D

StarDuvallGrant
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:18 PM
At every turn Venus continues to impress.

olivia100
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:22 PM
They should have used both Venus and Lindsay. I wonder why they did not use Lin.

faste5683
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:25 PM
Good for Vee! She's got a great face (and everything else, for that matter). They made an excellent decision!

:wavey:

Marcell
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:48 PM
They should have used both Venus and Lindsay. I wonder why they did not use Lin.

Apparently Venus was the one that took the idea to Larry Scott. Here is a quote from her about this.



"I thought this would be a great idea to get involved and support other women who are also making a difference in fighting for equality," she said.

Williams spoke to WTA Tour chief executive Larry Scott about the tour doing more to promote women's rights across the globe after seeing Afghan women soccer players receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY Awards.

"I knew (the tour) could make a difference but I had no idea I'd be here four months later with UNESCO behind us," Williams said.

Williams is enjoying Madrid.

"I love it here. I don't want to go back to Florida," she said. "I could live here, so hopefully I'll be back next year by qualifying for next year's WTA Championships."

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:48 PM
They should have used both Venus and Lindsay. I wonder why they did not use Lin.

Lindsay is a little more dangerous than Venus IMO.
I say that because she never has really complained about Wimbledon because she knew at the time it was a red herring.
She has complained about the appearance fees being under the table and not being in the same field as the men.
I feel really feel there should be something done about that.
It was one of the few times we've gotten an inside look into the operation of the tours from a player perspective.

Also her issue with money when it comes to Gold Exempt Status is also another thing that many hardcore fans even on here did not know about.

olivia100
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:11 PM
"Lindsay is a little more dangerous than Venus IMO."

I have no idea what you mean by that. And the rest of your post really does not explain it.

With everything else you have stated in the post I think she would have been perfect to join Vee on this one.

moon
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:17 PM
At every turn Venus continues to impress.

ditto.

:hearts: Venus

can't wait til January.

Ben.
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:26 PM
good on ya venus. she looks nice :)

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:39 PM
"Lindsay is a little more dangerous than Venus IMO."

I have no idea what you mean by that. And the rest of your post really does not explain it.

With everything else you have stated in the post I think she would have been perfect to join Vee on this one.

Larry Scott would never let anyone come and retool "his tour" unless he knew it was mostly for cosmetic purposes.
He's not the kind of person who would lose money just for a good cause which is probably the reason he has never taken a risk to make the WTA any different than the ATP when it could be even better than the ATP.

To Larry Scott, this is a nice way to get good publicity for the tour and keep Venus in the limelight while not having any drastic changes happen on the tour.

Lindsay Davenport was willing to sue Larry Scott and the WTA just to make sure a change arised.
That's not the person Larry Scott wants to be the face of this campaign.

manu32
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:42 PM
no senegal??? sisters are very different indeed.......but always a big problem with medias.......

olivia100
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:52 PM
no senegal??? sisters are very different indeed.......but always a big problem with medias.......

What?

olivia100
Nov 11th, 2006, 09:53 PM
O.K. Vee, you know I love you dearly, but why are you wearing a summer dress and I mean a reallllllllllllllllll summer dress and a winter coat. That's like wearing sandals and socks.

tennisIlove09
Nov 13th, 2006, 12:49 PM
Venus taking tennis to a matching point
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UNION-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES
November 12, 2006
Venus Williams will be the face of a new campaign to promote women's equality in sports.
“I have always believed that, as the world's leading sport for women, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help break down barriers to success for women,” the five-time Grand Slam champion said. “I thought this was a great idea to get involved in and support other women who are also making a difference in fighting for equality.”
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The WTA Tour and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization agreed on the campaign yesterday. UNESCO said it was the first time it has partnered with a professional sports league.
A $258,440 fund will be available to promote awareness across the globe through mentoring, scholarship and fellowship programs.
“If there is a single principle upon which the women's tour was founded, it was equality,” WTA Tour founder Billie Jean King said. “Partnering with UNESCO makes so much sense, and their global reach and expertise will help us achieve our shared goal of gender equality.”
Trivia time

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Pride in the name of love

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“This homage gives me a lot of pride. We are a family from a small town, humble but of big heart,” he said, surrounded by his father, mother and brother, Jose, who plays for the Los Angeles Angels.
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The mayor of Vega Alta, located 19 miles west of San Juan, presented a resolution approved by the City Council that recognized the Molina family for the participation of the three brothers in baseball.
Parting shots

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tennisIlove09
Nov 15th, 2006, 02:47 AM
UNESCO, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Join Forces


* Partnership to represent most ambitious global effort in Tour's history to promote women's leadership and gender equality in all spheres of society
* Venus Williams to be first UNESCO global "Promoter of Gender Equality"
* Madrid promoters and "Iguales" brand marketing campaign play central role in establishing program to raise awareness of equality issues around Tour's crown-jewel event market
MADRID, Spain – UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the world's leading global sport for women, announced today a landmark global partnership to further gender equality and promote women's leadership in all spheres of society. The social responsibility program, which draws upon the history of the Tour and players in fighting for equality, and the idea for which came about through the Iguales campaign at the Tour's season-ending event in Madrid, marks a new level of commitment by the Tour and players to raise awareness of gender equality issues and advance opportunities for women. The program also represents the first time that UNESCO, the only organization of the UN system with a mandate for education, science and culture which are most critical for laying the grounds for gender equality, is partnering with a professional sports league for this objective embraced by all world leaders (2005 World Summit Outcome). UNESCO, with a section specifically devoted to women's empowerment and gender equality, is committed to mainstreaming gender equality considerations in all its programs, globally and at the country level.
Venus Williams, who has volunteered to serve as the first global "promoter of gender equality" under the partnership, was flanked by Billie Jean King, the founder of the Tour and legendary advocate of women's rights issues at the announcement today. They were joined by Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott; Hans d'Orville, Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning of UNESCO; Sanye Gulser Corat, Chief of Section for Women and Gender Equality of UNESCO; Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, the Mayor of Madrid; a representative of the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO; and Gerard Tsobanian, the Managing Director of Madrid Trophy Promotions, the promoters of the Sony Ericsson Championships and creators of the innovative "Iguales" brand marketing campaign which features women and men tennis stars and highlights equality issues.
"I have always believed that as the world's leading sport for women, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help break down barriers to success for women," said former World No.1 and five-time Grand Slam Singles Champion Venus Williams. "Through this partnership with UNESCO, our goal is to let women and girls throughout the world know that there are no glass ceilings, and to do our part to support programs that provide real opportunities for women to succeed in whatever they set their minds to."
"We are thrilled to have found a partner in UNESCO that shares the goal of our players to achieve equality for women," said Larry Scott. "Our players are role models for women and girls throughout the world, and this program will provide a series of platforms on a global scale for our players, the Tour and our partners to raise awareness and funds to promote women's leadership."

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura stated: "I am very happy to announce today a dynamic new partnership between UNESCO and the Sony Ericsson Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. UNESCO and the Tour are joining forces to launch a unique programme between the private sector and a UN agency aimed at strengthening national commitment to women's empowerment and enhancing women's capacity to fully partake in all forms of societal development. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour will bring to this collaboration an association with tennis, the world's leading sport for women, and the commitment of some of the most accomplished and recognizable female tennis players of all time. UNESCO, for its part, will bring to the partnership the expertise and experience of the lead UN agency for education, the sciences, culture, communication and the media. Paired with our commitment and dedication to gender equality, I am convinced that we will be able to mobilize the assets of the Tour for effective programmes that will benefit young women across the world."
"We are very pleased to see that our idea around the campaign IGUALES to promote equality among men and women through our two tennis events turns today into a reality with such great partners. This is just the start of a great project that with the help of the players, tournaments around the world, UNESCO and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour could generate a great global impact", said Gerard Tsobanian, General Manager of Madrid Trophy Promotions, organizers of the Sony Ericsson Championships and ATP Masters Series in Madrid.
Key planned elements of the program include (i) a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour/UNESCO Fund for women and leadership, which will be endowed initially with approximately €200,000 as seed funding with the goal of reaching a much higher figure through planned additional fundraising activities, (ii) a "Promoter of Gender Equality" player program, which will involve players at both a global and national level in awareness raising activities as well as direct involvement in specific gender equality and women's leadership programs throughout the world, (iii) mentoring, scholarship and fellowship programs designed to create opportunities and the environment for women and girls to succeed in all walks of life and (iv) usage of existing UNESCO and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments, galas and conferences as awareness and fundraising platforms. Additionally, the Sony Ericsson Championships promoters and the city of Madrid will support the program through marketing, awareness and fundraising activities. Advertising utilizing players to raise awareness of gender equality issues is also planned.
Since its founding in 1973, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and its players have been leaders in fighting for equality, including most notably in the area of equal prize money at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Billie Jean King, the founder of the Tour, also founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974, a charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
UNESCO promotes the empowerment of women, women's rights and gender equality as an overall objective in its five fields of competence: education, natural and human sciences culture and communication/information. In particular, UNESCO seeks to integrate a gender equality perspective into all stages of its programme cycle from conceptualization to implementation and evaluation as well as to promote greater participation of women at all levels and in all areas of UNESCO's action. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to strengthen the Organization's ability to create the conditions for women and men alike, from all walks of life, to enjoy human development and peace on an equal basis. In this endeavor, UNESCO has a wide range of initiatives in all its domains as well as special partnership programmes with the private sector, such as the L'Oreal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" programme (www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx (http://www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx)), and the "Suzanne Mubarak/Japan-Egypt Friendship Research Fellowships" for the empowerment of women in peace and gender studies. With DaimlerChrysler, UNESCO has forged the highly successful Mondialogo Partnership, which promotes intercultural dialogue among schools and students through concrete projects (www.mondialogo.org (http://www.mondialogo.org/)).

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 15th, 2006, 02:56 AM
lets hope that fur isn't real


Yeah.. i can tell from even a low quality image that it is fake. THANK GOD! :p I love the dress ! It looks like one of Kylies many D and G dresses that she sports on her new tour... :sport:

go hingis
Nov 15th, 2006, 03:04 AM
Good pick, Venus at least had the guts to stand up and speak about the issue.

darrinbaker00
Nov 15th, 2006, 03:14 AM
Good pick, Venus at least had the guts to stand up and speak about the issue.
Venus can speak a lot louder with her racquet than she ever can with her mouth. ;)

pooh14
Nov 15th, 2006, 03:17 AM
if there is no equal pay at wimbie this year, hopefully all women led by venus pulls out :D
since they find men's tennis much more entertaining, they can do without the women.

HAIL-VENUS
Nov 15th, 2006, 05:47 PM
I hope it doesn't come to a boycot, but I would really like for the women to see this thing through to victory. Go WTA. BTW, I think Venus is a great spokesperson for damn near anything.

Rocketta
Nov 15th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Venus can speak a lot louder with her racquet than she ever can with her mouth. ;)

How so? By playing a tournament and winning it all the while accepting lower pay and then after having condoned the double standard make a statement at the end after she accepted the money? Yeah, that really will speak louder? :tape:

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:53 PM
How so? By playing a tournament and winning it all the while accepting lower pay and then after having condoned the double standard make a statement at the end after she accepted the money? Yeah, that really will speak louder? :tape:

Not exactly. There hasn't been a really high profile slam final since Lindsay/Venus 2005.
Show Wimbledon and the other tournis that they deserve higher pay by bringing in consistently good quality matches.

Billie Jean King herself won titles under what she would later call "shamaterism".
Once she got to the top of tennis world and had the number one backing behind her, she then went after all the inequalities in the game.
She went after the US Open for equal prize money, she went after shamaterism, she went after the stigma that women could never be as good as men, she went as far as beating a man to prove that point.

Venus kinda missed a step. She's at the worse point in her career and now she thinks Wimbledon will bow down to her.
Actually they have bent the rules for Venus this year with the seedings.
She actually has to continue to win there though for the pressure to continue to be on Wimbledon.

WF4EVER
Nov 15th, 2006, 11:04 PM
Yeah, Venus. Great to see a former player still interested in what goes on in the world of sports, especially where women are concerned.

I expect she'll have lots of time fighting for this cause since she won't be playing any tennis herself.

7~ŒLêV3ñ½
Nov 15th, 2006, 11:12 PM
if there is no equal pay at wimbie this year, hopefully all women led by venus pulls out :D
since they find men's tennis much more entertaining, they can do without the women.

Venus Pull Out??? :sad:
Can she Do That?? !!! :weirdo:
:awww: noo Way Shed do That..!!!

tennisIlove09
Nov 16th, 2006, 12:38 AM
Not exactly. There hasn't been a really high profile slam final since Lindsay/Venus 2005.
Show Wimbledon and the other tournis that they deserve higher pay by bringing in consistently good quality matches.

Billie Jean King herself won titles under what she would later call "shamaterism".
Once she got to the top of tennis world and had the number one backing behind her, she then went after all the inequalities in the game.
She went after the US Open for equal prize money, she went after shamaterism, she went after the stigma that women could never be as good as men, she went as far as beating a man to prove that point.

Venus kinda missed a step. She's at the worse point in her career and now she thinks Wimbledon will bow down to her.
Actually they have bent the rules for Venus this year with the seedings.
She actually has to continue to win there though for the pressure to continue to be on Wimbledon.

Who else has won Wimbledon more times on the tour currently other than Venus? No one.

Wimbledon didn't "bend the rules" for Venus. They have been switching seeds around for years. Not only for Venus but for others. Roddick/Hewitt was a big deal a few years ago, because Hewitt was ranked #2, but seeded #3 . . . and he was mad because he drew Fed's semi, instead of final.

If Venus continues to apply pressure, Wimbledon would listen toher more than anyone else. And it's not like Venus is the ONLY one, she is just the spokesperson.

sweetpeas
Nov 16th, 2006, 03:09 AM
Winone23,,,,So true....................thank"s

Andy.
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:12 AM
She is a great ambassator for women in sport, they have made a terrifc choise.

darrinbaker00
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:31 AM
How so? By playing a tournament and winning it all the while accepting lower pay and then after having condoned the double standard make a statement at the end after she accepted the money? Yeah, that really will speak louder? :tape:
No, by playing, period. How can you say you should be paid as much as Roger Federer if you're not even playing, let alone playing and winning?

hdfb
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:46 AM
She's definitely a great candidate to make this stand, and I wish her success. However, I won't be really expecting any BIG changes though. :( Not that I don't want to, 'cause I do, I'm just being a bit realistic here.... It's almost as hard as trying to eradicate racism and prejudice in the States or something...

Rocketta
Nov 16th, 2006, 05:44 AM
No, by playing, period. How can you say you should be paid as much as Roger Federer if you're not even playing, let alone playing and winning?

she's already played for many years seems to me the bigger statement would be in NOT playing considering Wimbledon is so important to her.

darrinbaker00
Nov 16th, 2006, 06:05 AM
she's already played for many years seems to me the bigger statement would be in NOT playing considering Wimbledon is so important to her.
Rocketta, you know just as well as I do that real change is made from the inside out, not from the outside in. Very few people believed that blacks could compete with whites on the tennis court until Miss Althea Gibson started beating the skirts off everybody she faced. Very few people thought there should even be a women's professional tour (Arthur Ashe, of all people, said women's tennis "couldn't draw flies") until Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs on international television. Venus Williams would help no one by boycotting Wimbledon, and the only person she would be hurting is Venus Williams.

Rocketta
Nov 16th, 2006, 06:14 AM
Rocketta, you know just as well as I do that real change is made from the inside out, not from the outside in. Very few people believed that blacks could compete with whites on the tennis court until Miss Althea Gibson started beating the skirts off everybody she faced. Very few people thought there should even be a women's professional tour (Arthur Ashe, of all people, said women's tennis "couldn't draw flies") until Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs on international television. Venus Williams would help no one by boycotting Wimbledon, and the only person she would be hurting is Venus Williams.

why would it be only Venus? :confused:

She is acting as a spokeswomen for a cause do we think she's the only one that believe in this cause? :confused:

You said the best way would be to play and I said I don't think so.....but as a spokesperson I would assume the point is to lead by your words and actions for a cause. Even if Venus was the only person (of course she wouldn't because I'm sure she could convince Serena as well. :angel: ) to boycott so be it. If that's what she feels then more power to her. :rocker2:

Hell I'm the only one I know personally that's boycotting Wal-mart and certainly won't be detered because the 'effect' isn't big enough.....that's not why I do it.

darrinbaker00
Nov 16th, 2006, 06:25 AM
why would it be only Venus? :confused:

She is acting as a spokeswomen for a cause do we think she's the only one that believe in this cause? :confused:

You said the best way would be to play and I said I don't think so.....but as a spokesperson I would assume the point is to lead by your words and actions for a cause. Even if Venus was the only person (of course she wouldn't because I'm sure she could convince Serena as well. :angel: ) to boycott so be it. If that's what she feels then more power to her. :rocker2:

Hell I'm the only one I know personally that's boycotting Wal-mart and certainly won't be detered because the 'effect' isn't big enough.....that's not why I do it.
Please read this:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/history/1973.html

As far as your one-woman boycott of Wal-Mart, that's apples and oranges, unless you're actively trying to get other people to boycott with you.

Rocketta
Nov 16th, 2006, 06:34 AM
Please read this:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/history/1973.html

As far as your one-woman boycott of Wal-Mart, that's apples and oranges, unless you're actively trying to get other people to boycott with you.

ah, what's that got to do with 2007 and 10 news channels piping all around the world 24/7? Also, what does a boycott that had nothing to do with Wimbledon or it's policies have to do with anything? Not to mention all the Iron curtain players who had to play? :confused:

and what's the same about the Wal-mart boycott is that I'm doing it because I feel strongly about it and I'm not looking to others for validation that it's the right move. Of course I've asked other people to do it but I certainly wasn't going to NOT do it cause no one else agreed.

So once again, IF Venus feels a boycott is the best way to handle the situation.....I'm behind her whether it's just her or all of the top 100. As far as I'm concerned playing and talking about (last year as defending champ) the inequities hasn't exactly worked either. :shrug:

darrinbaker00
Nov 16th, 2006, 06:58 AM
ah, what's that got to do with 2007 and 10 news channels piping all around the world 24/7? Also, what does a boycott that had nothing to do with Wimbledon or it's policies have to do with anything? Not to mention all the Iron curtain players who had to play? :confused:
If the International Lawn Tennis Federation didn't roll over when 13 of the top 16 men's seeds walked out, the Lawn Tennis Association of England certainly won't roll over if all of the top 100 women were to do likewise. In fact, given the LTA's past behavior, a women's boycott would probably further strengthen their resolve not to give women equal prize money.
and what's the same about the Wal-mart boycott is that I'm doing it because I feel strongly about it and I'm not looking to others for validation that it's the right move. Of course I've asked other people to do it but I certainly wasn't going to NOT do it cause no one else agreed.

So once again, IF Venus feels a boycott is the best way to handle the situation.....I'm behind her whether it's just her or all of the top 100. As far as I'm concerned playing and talking about (last year as defending champ) the inequities hasn't exactly worked either. :shrug:
All I'm saying is that Venus would have a better platform on which to speak if she were ranked #1 instead of #48. Billie Jean King had enough eloquence and charisma for two people, but if she weren't also the best player in the world, women's professional tennis as we know it today wouldn't exist. She affected change from the inside out, and if Venus wants to make a real impact, she'll be better off doing it from the inside out.

Stamp Paid
Nov 16th, 2006, 07:06 AM
I hope Venus doesnt boycott Wimbledon, no matter how valid her reasons may be. Win two more and then boycott. :(:o

Selah
Nov 16th, 2006, 09:47 AM
I guess those 2 Willie girls can't win for losing (is that the term?), when they don't support the tour etc they are called selfish, now that they are getting involved in issues that are more than about them playing tennis, they can do better by just playing. What do some of you want from them. I guess it continues to show that they have always and will always be held by different standards than anyone else on tour- true sign of greatness:D

I am really happy that both of them, Venus especially is taking more of an interest in being an ambassador for tennis, other than playing and making waves for themselves. In a way, they have already done that, as Venus is so gracefully showing, she is growing and branching out. It is indeed great to see the growth of a young woman that embodies more than just hitting a ball. Well Done Venus Ebone Starr Williams. I admire her so much more for the person she is than the tennis player that she is. I do understand though that Darrinbaker00 some of her fans like her only for her tennis. Darinn, I'm sure that you continue to sing the same tune because you are just expressing your opinion, but I hope you do realize somewhere out there that it seems the more you SHOUT they should be playing tennis, the more its seems they aren't. Aren't you used to it yet? LOL.

Steffica Greles
Nov 16th, 2006, 01:03 PM
Well how nice for her.

It's great to see her promoting good causes and striving to ensure equality in the world. Just as she did when she promoted that reputable corporation, McDonalds. It's also good that she has so many "links" in the show business world. She can promote equality at celebirty bashes, etc. I think it's wonderful news!

:)

Infiniti2001
Nov 16th, 2006, 01:27 PM
The choice of Venus to be the face of women's sports is a good one--- she's got it all, and she's definitely not just some dumb jock http://img434.imageshack.us/img434/8091/thumbupxi4.gif

Vlover
Nov 16th, 2006, 02:47 PM
[QUOTE]It is indeed great to see the growth of a young woman that embodies more than just hitting a ball. Well Done Venus Ebone Starr Williams. I admire her so much more for the person she is than the tennis player that she is.

I totally concur and that is why I have far more admiration for her than the rest. I just totally love the whole package even if she never wins another match.:hearts:

partbrit
Nov 16th, 2006, 04:51 PM
They couldn't have picked a better person for the job.

winone23
Nov 16th, 2006, 06:20 PM
[QUOTE=darrinbaker00;9496338]If the International Lawn Tennis Federation didn't roll over when 13 of the top 16 men's seeds walked out, the Lawn Tennis Association of England certainly won't roll over if all of the top 100 women were to do likewise. In fact, given the LTA's past behavior, a women's boycott would probably further strengthen their resolve not to give women equal prize money.

All I'm saying is that Venus would have a better platform on which to speak if she were ranked #1 instead of #48. Billie Jean King had enough eloquence and charisma for two people, but if she weren't also the best player in the world, women's professional tennis as we know it today wouldn't exist. She affected change from the inside out, and if Venus wants to make a real impact, she'll be better off doing it from the inside out.[/QUOTE


Venus is fighting for equality for all sports not just tennis so she doesn't need to go inside out. Also it doesn't matter whether Venus is #1 or not her reputation precedes her and she's more famous than 99% of the men on the tennis tour so she has the clout. #1 or no #1 Venus and Serena are still 2 of the most famous female athletes in ANY sport!!!!! So Venus is one of the best women to get the job done.

olivia100
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:55 AM
why would it be only Venus? :confused:

She is acting as a spokeswomen for a cause do we think she's the only one that believe in this cause? :confused:

You said the best way would be to play and I said I don't think so.....but as a spokesperson I would assume the point is to lead by your words and actions for a cause. Even if Venus was the only person (of course she wouldn't because I'm sure she could convince Serena as well. :angel: ) to boycott so be it. If that's what she feels then more power to her. :rocker2:

Hell I'm the only one I know personally that's boycotting Wal-mart and certainly won't be detered because the 'effect' isn't big enough.....that's not why I do it.


You are not the only one bocotting stinking, lying, cheating, Wal-mart. I would not shop at that store if everything in there were a nickle. I have that store with a passion. They treat their employees like shit, make them punch and then send them back to work again so they will not have to pay them overtime, and many more injustices they do to their employees.

Rocketta
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:00 AM
You are not the only one bocotting stinking, lying, cheating, Wal-mart. I would not shop at that store if everything in there were a nickle. I have that store with a passion. They treat their employees like shit, make them punch and then send them back to work again so they will not have to pay them overtime, and many more injustices they do to their employees.

Well I can't say I wouldn't shop there if everything is a nickle. :o :o :o :help: :tape:

olivia100
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:09 AM
Well I can't say I wouldn't shop there if everything is a nickle. :o :o :o :help: :tape:

Let me go one step further....if they were giving away their merchandise I would not even take it that's how much I hate that chain of stores.

Kabezya
Nov 18th, 2006, 08:45 PM
I totally concur and that is why I have far more admiration for her than the rest. I just totally love the whole package even if she never wins another match.:hearts:

That pretty much sums it up regarding the feelings of many towards Venus.

mykarma
Nov 19th, 2006, 04:25 AM
That pretty much sums it up regarding the feelings of many towards Venus.
It's great seeing fans of different players giving Vee her props. Vee has the charm, style, and intellect to be a great spokesperson.

Go Vee, do your thing.