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Feb 13th, 2003, 11:28 PM
I do declare! For that matter - there are other females to consider I suppose. I think Jen could hit w/a few men - right?


Tennis should follow golf’s lead

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By Leighton Ginn
The Desert Sun
February 13th, 2003

In a week during which Annika Sorenstam agreed to play in a PGA event, the world of tennis should take notice and consider following suit for many reasons.

More specifically, the Pacific Life Open should be a tournament in which a woman is invited to play in the men’s qualifying or main draw.

Everyone knows the Williams sisters don’t want to come back to Indian Wells after what happened during the 2001 tournament, when Venus withdrew from her semifinal match against Serena just minutes before first serve.

Irate fans took their anger out on Serena Williams in her final against Kim Clij-sters, which Williams won.

Serena has been vocal in saying she didn’t want to return.

If they invited her to play in the men’s draw, it might be the right incentive to bring her back.

Of course, this could only be a good thing if Serena could make it competitive. If she loses 6-0, 6-0, it would be a disaster.

Frankly, Serena is the only worthwhile female who has the physical tools to make it interesting.

She’s more muscular than many of the men and has excellent speed.

It might not be enough to win a match, but Serena might have enough to make it interesting.

This will be the 30th anniversary of the “Battle of the Sexes” match when Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Houston Astrodome.

What better way to commemorate the historic event by inviting one of the female players into either qualifying or the main draw.

The timing would be a great way to celebrate how far women’s athletics have come.

Many top accomplishments have come this year.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt became the first women’s basketball coach with 800 victories. She was soon joined by Texas coach Jody Conradt.

Tonight, Tennessee State’s Teresa Phillips will step in and become the first female to coach a men’s Division I college basketball game.

Of course, there’s Sorenstam.

If the Pacific Life Open -- or any men’s tournament -- invited a woman to play, the guys would complain.

It would hurt the integrity of the game, it would be unfair that a qualified male will be knocked out of a wild card he deserves, etc., etc.

This might also be a boost tennis needs. The ATP is struggling to get its financial feet back after the collapse of the lucrative ISL deal, and the WTA is in turmoil, losing its CEO and title sponsor.

Here’s hoping that they would at least take a look.


Sam L
Feb 13th, 2003, 11:33 PM
That's cause Golf ISN'T a real sport, it's like in Chess or Croquet, a woman has as good a chance as beating a man.

In a physical sport like Tennis, it would be no match and it would be boring. Unless if there are political 'issues' behind a match like King vs. Riggs.

Feb 13th, 2003, 11:39 PM
Tennis involves 4 physical tools that men are inherently superior to women at. Swinging an implement hard, hand eye co-ordination, cardiovascular stamina, and running speed.

Hand-Eye co-ordination also applies to golf. Swinging hard does too, but at most half as much as in tennis. The other 2, no. That's 1 and a half out of 4 physical factors that actually applies to golf. Note also that hand-eye co-ordination is also the factor where there is the smallest gap between the sexes. Sorenstam has it much easier.

Brian Stewart
Feb 13th, 2003, 11:56 PM
Does anyone think this would be happening if it were not for the flap over the Masters? The PGA Tour is getting a lot of flack (justifiably so) for holding one of their premier events at a club that discriminates. If they didn't need the PR, Sorenstam probably wouldn't be allowed to play a tour event.