Tennis Forum banner

1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Snitch
Joined
·
16,153 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
OMG, has it ever happened before? every week for the last 3 or 4 weeks an African American has played in a final. Venus in Paris and Antwerp, Alex and James Blake in Memphis. This is fantastic for African American tennis. We are witnessing the changing face of USA Tennis. I am soooo happy. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25,212 Posts
What's James Balke up to?
 

·
Snitch
Joined
·
16,153 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
James Blake d. JM Gambill 6-4 7-6(8) and is in the men's final. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
100 Posts
It has indeed been a very good week for blacks in tennis. Imagine if Alex and Blake both win in the final and Serena wins Scottsdale. That would be incredible.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
314 Posts
If American Blacks begin to dominate tennis it will be a nightmare for the tennis establishment. It's what was predicted years ago by racists in the sport.:eek:

Whatever!!! I think it's great for TENNIS and it shows that ANYBODY can be successful at this sport.:) Also, in the years to come more and more Black people (not just Americans) will begin to play tennis just as there are more and more Blacks playing ice hockey (and doing very well).:kiss:

Some people might not like it but, hey, that's life.;)

(The only people who might not get over it are those yahoos in Indian Wells) :fiery: BUT WHO CARE ABOUT THEM? They aren't even going to have first class women's tennis this year.:sad:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,125 Posts
Some very interssting achievements by Black Americans during Black History Month in the U.S.A. :cool:

Those are positive achivements for the sport and society alike.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,300 Posts
We Will See Her Majesty Next At The Nasdaq Tournament.

Her Majesty Returns to action next month at the Nasdaq 100 in Miami, where she is the defending champion.



By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

Venus Williams is happy to say she did it her way.

She'll become No. 1 for the first time Monday, the first black player to hold that spot in the WTA computer rankings, and she's proud that tennis is not her only pursuit.

``I've enjoyed myself along the way,'' Williams said Saturday, ``and I haven't limited myself just to playing tennis or made myself believe that was the only thing in life.''

Williams' father, Richard, often has said that either Venus or sister Serena could have reached the top spot before now if that had been their top priority.

Instead, Venus has been busy taking college courses, enjoying life and scheduling her tennis around the Grand Slam tournaments.

``I just feel like I deserve it,'' she said.

``Being No. 1 and winning Grand Slams and winning titles, it's all about having a successful career. I've worked hard. I also deserve a few perks now and then.''

The approach has worked.

Williams has 24 career titles, including four at majors -- Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2000-01. She also won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics.

Lindsay Davenport finished last year as the WTA's top-ranked player, despite not winning a Grand Slam event in 2001. That prompted the WTA to change its ranking system to assign more points to Grand Slam events and a handful of other top tourneys.

Williams will become only the 10th woman to hold the top spot since the WTA rankings began in November 1975, replacing Jennifer Capriati in a system that includes the past 52 weeks.

Williams becomes the first black tennis player at No. 1 since Arthur Ashe reached the top of the men's rankings in 1975.

``It would be foolish to forget Althea Gibson, also. She was the first,'' Williams said, referring to the first black woman to win Wimbledon, in 1957-58. ``And more than anything, I just feel proud to represent America in my sport.''

Williams already has won three tournaments in 2002, at Gold Coast, Paris and Antwerp before losing in the semifinals at Dubai on Friday.

``I have had a long time on the road,'' she said. ``I'm just looking forward to getting home and getting some rest with our family.''

She'll take a three-week break, meaning she'll skip the tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., where she pulled out of a semifinal last year against Serena, citing tendinitis. The crowd booed the family and Richard Williams said some of the jeers were racially motivated.

Venus Williams returns to action next month at the Nasdaq 100 in Miami, where she is the defending champion.

``You don't aspire to be No. 2 or No. 3. Normally, you do your best to become the best,'' she said. ``At this point, I am the best player in the world. That's exciting, and it's going to be mine at least a week.''
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,125 Posts
Great post with a hot pic, Slam. :wavey:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,932 Posts
Not only a great week in tennis, but also in the Olympic winter games. I was truly touched when V. Flowers won the Bobsled gold with Bakken, to become the first African American ever to win a Gold Medal. She seems gracious and wonderful.

Now all we need is some action from Chanda Rubin...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,300 Posts
Volcana's avatar..

The above pic would be the perfect avatar for you Volcana.


. . looking splendid, ain't she Rexx??!!:wavey:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,112 Posts
Nice posts everybody! I think it is great how sports like hockey and tennis are getting more diverse. I have been watching some basketball and summer olympics too and have noticed that track and field and basketball are getting more and more outstanding white and European players. While in baseball there are more and more Asians and Hispanics. I just think people are doing what they want worldwide and we are seeing that given the chance and self-belief that white, black, yellow, brown, male, female, straight, gay and even those with terrible disabilities can really excel. LET THE HUMAN RACE UNITE!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,270 Posts
:kiss: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: What a great picture of Venus Williams.. wow!

Anyway .. I love Venus's interviews their so classy and real. I am also proud of her that she did it her way and not anyone's elses way. She is a classy women who is independent in her thoughts.. I like that.:)

Also, I was so thrilled for "Miss Flowers: when she won the bobsled GOLD!! It was a joy to see her eyes shining.. what a great team.:) And Apolo Anton is a hottie also and he did great in GOLD too. GO Apolo!! Also Alexandra and Blake both are doing well. Whoo hoo.:)

Serena is next up!! :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
314 Posts
Lindsay Davenport finished last year as the WTA's top-ranked player, despite not winning a Grand Slam event in 2001. That prompted the WTA to change its ranking system to assign more points to Grand Slam events and a handful of other top tourneys.
I hope Lindsay and the WTA are embarrassed.:eek: It was a travesty that she backed into the #1 spot last year.

Anyway, thanks for the Venus interview. As usual, classy and funny. I liked when she said "It's mine. At least for a week ." She knows Jennifer will probably retake the #1 spot if she wins a tournament while Venus is off. It doesn't seem to bother her much.:cool:

Venus does deserve to be #1 and I'm so glad she did it her way, by not making tennis the only thing in her life. Traveling and playing tennis is fun but it can't be everything. Venus and Serena are too young to just concentrate on tennis. I think they have both done the right thing. Very smart move.;)

By the way, Ms. Flowers wasn't the ONLY Black person to win an Olympic medal. There were TWO Black men on the four-man bobsled team that won the silver. In fact, there was more diversity in this winter Olympics than I've EVER seen in the years I've been watching. Between the bobsled, the speedskating and the short track PLUS wasn't there a Black guy from Camaroon in the downhill? Anyway, it's great for sports. And, it's about time.:)
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top