People pretend it doesn’t exist they deny that after all these years’ racism isn’t happening but it is still happening and very much alive. Tennis prides itself on being innovators. People think tennis is on the right track by giving equal prize money to both male and females and giving both genders equal opportunity in television and media coverage but the fact remains that tennis wouldn’t fully be there until they take that one step and drop the racism. This may seem like an impossible task but with lots of joint effort with the general public, fans and the people involved in the sport racism can be decreased. Tennis is a predominantly white sport and with the success of the Williams sister’s barriers have begun to dissolve but it’s still an issue that needs fixing.
Tennis has a long standing history that like many other sports has been around for a long time. There is thin evidence to suggest that tennis has been around for thousands of years suggesting that the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had played it (Barzum). However, for many tennis is known to have really begun in London in 1874 Major Walter C. Wingfield patented the game of tennis (Barzum). That same year saw the tournament at Wimbledon be played for the first time but at this time it was only men that were allowed to participate. Ten years later in 1884 women were finally able to participate at Wimbledon (Barzum). Tennis 100 percent a white mans sport until 1968 the beginning of the open era of tennis when
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Gender inequality in professional tennis is a real and alarming issue, from the pay gap between mens' and womens' tennis players to the low media coverage of women's professional tennis. This issue even goes as far as how differently tennis commentators discuss and analyze mens tennis as opposed to how they discuss and analyze womens tennis. When commentators discuss men's tennis they solely focus on the skill of the players, but when they discuss women's tennis they place more importance on the appearance of the female players, rather than their skill. This instance of gender inequality in professional tennis is further exacerbated by the differences in advertisements for male tennis players and female tennis players. The advertisements involving male tennis players display their athleticism and tennis abilities, whereas the advertisements including female tennis players are appearance-focused, with the females often wearing little clothing. This is corroborated by the popular belief that focusing on the physical appearance of female athletes is the only way in which generating money from women's professional sports is distinctly possible (Fink, 2015, p. 338). Female professional tennis players train just as hard as the men do, thus the gender inequality that exists in the sport is not necessarily a result of how women perform on the court. It is rather a result of how society perceives women playing in professional sports overall, which the mass media is partially to blame
How many times have you driven past your local tennis courts and seen them filled with happy kids running around and smiling? Probably more than once. Tennis is a popular sport, played all over the world and loved by many. However, more people should play this wonderful sport. It can be played at any age, and at any walk of life, be ye teenager or 65 year old lady. In fact, everyone should play tennis due to its development of physical fitness, mental health, and social skills.
With tennis not being as popular as other sports in the African American culture, participating in this for all four years in high school has been a tough road. Often finding myself as the only minority participating in a tournament, it can be very uncomfortable when others observe you. In some very unfortunate circumstances, I've even heard the occasional racial slur. This never bothers me however because
Walter C. Wingfield came up with a great invention of “Lawn Tennis” by applying past knowledge to new situations. The internationally known tennis athlete, Monica Seles stated, “Tennis has to become everything to you if you're going to make it to the top. You have to live it” (Seles, 2016). On October 16, 1833, Wingfield was born in Reuben, Denbighshire, Wales. He was from an English family. His mother died in 1836 after the birth of her second child and his father died of a bowel obstruction 10 years later. Walter was brought up by his uncle and great uncle. Wingfield graduated from the Russell School, being influenced by his great uncle, a colonel, in the Royal Military College. Sand Hurst. “He was told to be one of the Cornets in the 1st
Like many Americans we watch sports on any day of the week football,basketball,tennis,soccer,hockey and golf and we root and shout for our favorite team. But what really stands out to me in sports is there are a dominate number of minorities playing professional football and basketball which is not a problem what people have to understand that most minorities in professional sports come from a long childhood of violence drugs,bad neighborhoods and tough living situations and as an African American living in poverty growing up its our goal is to play a professional sport and earn a huge salary playing the game we always wanted for a living.
The Olympic Games leads the world in showcasing a variety of foremost winter and summer sports events. These principal sports include tennis, a racket, non-contact sport that can be played with one or two players on each side of the court. Tennis is played recreationally and competitively across the world. Tennis originated in England during the 19th century, but its role an olympic sport exhibits how it has reached numerous audiences worldwide. Tennis’ popularity suggest it is diverse in terms of racial, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The first introduction of sport to the American culture came from the Choctaw tribe. Their game that closely resembles modern lacrosse and pre-dated 1834. In their version of the game, the men were the only people able to participate in any way. All preparation and competition was done by men and the women took to become some form of
It exists everywhere and is prevalent in our daily lives without even fully being aware of it. How many times do you drive in a bad neighborhood or are in your car at night and lock your door when you see a guy or group of guys walk pass? How many times is the guy or group of guys of the African American race? We live in a world that socially and economically puts labels on people because of the color of their skin, geographic location and demographic, and the way they dress and how they speak. This is evident in every single part of the nation we live in. For example, I am from Columbus, Ohio and I went to a small private school in the suburbs that was predominately black. I have participated in games against other schools in our league and in other counties of my state, where we were called “niggers” by players and even parents throughout competition. Imagine in some cases being called that by even the sporting officials, and even further if they do not physically say it they have the ability to make games harder on you and give you unfair penalties. Majority of the time these referees are the same referees game after game, or even from these counties. There was no going to the referees and you could not get upset and act out of character because then you are only behaving as the “nigger” they already think you are. According To Kenneth T. Ponds racism causes trauma and he states that “Racial trauma is the physiological, psychological, and emotional damage resulting
“The US Open was the first major Grand Slam to offer equal pay for men and women in 1973, after women’s champion Billie Jean King threatened to organize a boycott of the tournament” (Shuster). Billie Jean King has been an advocate for equality from a young age due, in part, to the fact that growing up she was discriminated against at tennis clubs because her parents did not have a great deal of money. Even though many people at the clubs disliked King, she excelled, started to play in major tournaments and quickly earned her place in women’s professional tennis. King’s most famous match was titled the “Battle of the Sexes” because she played the outspoken male chauvinist, Bobby Riggs. When King beat Riggs, she created a defining moment in
Racism in America has changed over the years since the Civil Rights Movement has taken place. It has improved overall, but not as much as we think. We do have segregation laws and even a black president, but the minds of a few American’s still believe they are superior to other ethnicities. Discrimination has taken on new forms and roles that did not exist when the Civil Rights Movement took place, or even ten years ago. It is rapidly evolving, and today some of the main issues of controversy are centered around sports, the police force, and the media. In the field of sports, teams across America are receiving racist comments from outsider and even within the team itself. The police brutality that has made so many national headlines this past year has mostly been centered around one race versus another. The media is the main source for all Americans to stay informed about news and politics; everyone is up to date on social media and things that are happening all around the world. Blacks can easily, and do, get discriminated against in the media. Although we do have segregation laws and even a black president, discrimination still exists. Through the power of sports, the police force, and the media, racism is still very heavily present in America and is constantly changing into new and dangerous forms.
An example of a female athlete being ridiculed for portraying society’s idea of non-femininity is Martina Navratilova. Martina was the first female tennis player who began to play tennis more as a power sport than a sport of technique. Subdued by an oppressive communist system that controlled the Czech Tennis Federation, she was seen to be playing in the style of men instead of playing women's tennis. As she did not fit into society's image of how a woman should look, behave and play tennis, she was ridiculed and branded as the proverbial ‘bad egg’ when compared to her contemporaries. Additionally, she was branded as a lesbian, which caused more hardship for her as she was forced to face a world which was much more homophobic at that time than it is now. Her sexual orientation is not a prime issue; it was something that was used against her and something that was assumed simply because she did not portray the feminine image that is expected of women.
As we all know, America is a nation of sports enthusiasts. Most Americans participate is some kind of sporting event, either as a spectator or as a competitor. In the pantheon of great American sports, there is one that stands out. It has been called the great American pastime. Yes, that great sport known as tennis. Tennis requires a mastery of many skills to be able to play competitively, but the primary skill needed to win in tennis is the serve. The serve is the primary offensive weapon used I tennis, because it is the only time when a player gets to put a ball into play. The player controls the speed, the placement, and the spin of the ball. With proper procedure, the serve can win many points and games for the server. The technique
The intended target market for Tennis world will be tennis players as well as potential people who have the interest of playing tennis. This will be men, women both young and old.
Tennis dates back many centuries ago, and is believed to be played by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. It has evolved over the years, and today the tennis style is tremendously different from previous centuries. Many different tennis styles have been adapted over the years, and today tennis has become a more aggressive sport. It is very different from when the players use to ding the ball back and forth across the net. Today tennis is played with a lot more force and it has become a more engaging sport from the sport it used to be just a century ago. The William Sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, have had a huge impact on the game of tennis. When they peaked to fame it changed the way everyone saw the game of tennis.