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Wimbledon scrapping curtsey 'a shame', says Venus
2003-05-31 15:39:29 GMT (Reuters)


By Ossian Shine

PARIS, May 31 (Reuters) - Former champion Venus Williams believes Wimbledon's decision to stop players curtseying to the royal box will dent the tradition of the event.

"I don't know why they did that," the American, champion in 2000 and 2001 said at Roland Garros on Saturday.

"I am disappointed. I think the best part about Wimbledon is the history and the tradition. That's so nice, the curtsey.

"I actually taught a few players to curtsey on the way up to the court, to the centre court.

"Some of the players have never played on centre before. I'd have to show them what to do."

Wimbledon said last month that players will be excused from making the gesture to members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries, apart from the Queen and Prince Charles.

The Queen has not attended the tournament since her Silver Jubilee year of 1977 when she presented the women's singles trophy to Briton Virginia Wade.

The move follows a request from All England Club President, the Duke of Kent, to cease the tradition in line with common practice elsewhere.

Last year Venus lost in the final to younger sister Serena, who is likely to remain the last player to perform the archaic gesture on tennis's most famous stage.

Men will no longer be requested to bow to the royal box.
 

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I too like the tradition at Wimbledon, but some things are a bit overdone. But hey, Wimby will always be my fave Grand Slam.
 

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I'm glad Venus said that because the hatefull times had them on the cover last month, saying 'they barly bent' down to the royals.
 

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Its the female version of a bow. Its what they do when they walk off court at Wimby
 

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I think Venus should do it anyway... if she wants to create some headline news
 

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I'm amazed no W/S fan has suggested yet that everyone should curtesy to Serena.
 

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I actually agree with Venus. It's a shame. I like it and I like the all-white clothes... though I think requiring the all while practice outfits is a bit much.
 

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They'll still have the option to do it, right?

I personally hope everyone keeps it up because it's one of the many little things that makes Wimbledon special. It does seem unlikely though....... :(
 

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Lol, how the hell did Alan Tithead end up in the box???!!! ;)
 

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I think they shouldn't get rid of it.

I mean, Wimbledon is all about TRADITION, and this curtseying is part of that tradition.
 

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I like the tradition at Wimbledon, and I like the way each slam has it's own character etc, but the bowing/curtesying was just embarrassing. I'm surprised no-one ever refused to do it. I would have.
 

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i dont get it

i dont understand, if a player is "excused" from cutseying, then isnt' that just saying its optional? Why can't a player just do it anyways out of their own good hearts. Cuz i remember seeing an article where they say if you curtsey, it would be rebellious and serena says she won't curtsey because she is afraid of losing her membership or something like that. Why the hell would wimbledon "outlaw" curtseying? Its somethign that all humans are entitled to do so isnt' that just taking away someone's free will?
 

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Well, I don't understand why they would ever want to curtesy at a tournament that doesn't agree to pay women equally anyway. Fuck tradition if it means female inequality.
 

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Well they got rid of the curtsy but still haven't paid them equally. I like the curtsy because it was unique to that one GS. I think the LTA wanted to change something, ANYTHING BUT paying the sexes equally.
 

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paying them equally has nothing to do with it, although honestly, equal price money should have been what they needed to get, instead of taking away curtseying. I still dont understand, is curtseying banned from wimbledon? or are they just saying that it is now a choice as to whether the player wants to or not.
 
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