Monday, July 7, 2008

Sister to Sister



I am so mad right now.

I love tennis. I play tennis. Tennis is the only sport that I am any good at. It is also the only sport that I will watch on television (this is mainly because it is the only sport that I understand all of the rules). Anyway, because of my love of tennis, you can imagine my disappointment in not being able to see the Williams sisters play over the weekend. Truth be told, I only watch tennis when the black folks play anyway. Is that racist? I don’t care, it’s the truth.

When they first came onto the professional tennis circuit in 1994, with their hair strung up in braids and beads, they were hated up on. Venus and Serena Williams, two girls from the hood, taught to play tennis by their father, stormed the tennis arena with grace and charm; while their father danced, photographed and held up signs to show the world how proud he was of the two miracles he had wrought. Not able to find fault in the two young ladies, who never said a negative word about any of the people that they played, the media or the fans; the complaints were lobbied against the boisterous grunts the women made when they fired off their powerful serves, the fact that sometimes the beads they wore in their hair would come loose and scatter onto the court grounds, and of course against their father’s antics has he jumped around in the stands to show how proud he was of his two daughter. (I never really understood why they acted like the Williams sisters father’s antics were such an anomaly when years prior, Tennis Pro, John McEnroe was known for his profanity and temper tantrums on the court.)

Like Tiger Woods did with golf (although he doesn’t embrace his black-itude), the Williams sister’s brought the world of Tennis back to black people (and yes, I am aware that they were not the first black folks, male or female, to play tennis professionally). And oh to see them play. It is a wonderful sight to behold, especially since you never know what big booty Serena is going to wear onto the court.

Anyhow, this pass weekend Venus and Serena went head to head in the battle for the Wimbledon Grand Slam title; and I missed it; did not even know it had been on television. In the end Venus ended up besting her baby sister and taking home her fifth title and then the duo came back onto the court and took the Doubles title as well, and I can’t believe that I missed it all.

To date Venus Williams has won a total of 17 Grand Slam titles, 7 in singles, 7 in women’s doubles, and 2 in mix doubles, She was the first African American (I prefer black) to be ranked World No.1. It is also worth noting that Ms. Venus Williams accomplished a feat that no other female tennis professional, black or white, had ever accomplished. In February of 2007 she was able to get those misogynistic bastard in the world of Professional tennis to award women equal price money as men. Damn, it makes it hard to hate on her for dating a ‘white’ boy (I am a racist, huh).
Anyway, you gotta love these two women. If you have not seen them play you are missing magic on the courts. They have such grand majesty on the court that you can't help but be in awe. And although there is a bit of sibling rivalry on the courts, it is all in good fun because you can tell that these young ladies love each other unconditionally. And that is a great thing to see among our people.
-One Man's Opinion. Peace.
Oh, and did I mention that Venus also just recently served a whooping 127 mph, the fastest women’s serve ever recorded at Wimbledon? No? Well, now you know.

20 comments:

Super Dave Van Buren said...

have you seen Serena's Guns? She make a dude want to get in the gym. And the 127mph serve... that should be illegal.

Hadassah said...

I missed that too! ha to watch the highlights

Ieisha said...

I saw the highlights on ESPN but would've been nice to see the whole match.

My sister and I always wanted to take up tennis. Too bad we live 3 hours from each other.

You givin' out tennis lessons?

naijalines said...

I can't believe it! More similarities again. Hey you have to be the twin bro I never met! I love tennis too and it's the only sport I watch on TV. I also try to play. I say try to cos I only do when I'm on holiday!

About the tag, I've come up with an easy solution. Check my comments section for details. If u r still not game, u lazy man. Lol. Have a good day.

One Eighteen said...

Cool I'm somebody's music go to guy!!! My dreams have come true!!! haha Real talk though you're right the song has a message even though its not as powerful a message as I would like it to be. Its a hot song nonetheless.

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Desy said...

look at serena standing there, like 'damn.'...lol... too funny...

Venus leaves me speechless on the court every time i see her... i love seeing people (all people) in their moment of genius... but i love your racist ways...

Darius T. Williams said...

Yea, you really like tennis, huh? Me, not so much.

Black Mamba said...

I knew it was on, but didn't have time to watch. Truth be told, Tennis bores me...HOWEVER, I did get a chance to see one of the sisters (can't remember which one) when she played in the bay area and I must say, I was very impressed.

...still can't bring myself to watch it on tv tho...

Toni said...

wld'v luvd 2 c d game, 2.
Man, m feeln ur views on d 'racist' thingy. heck! m nt even an American bt stl feel dat way. speak on, broda...speak on. tnx 4 stopn by my blog. and yeah 8.5 (lenght, ryt? n width?) is a gud size. stay focusd. stay strong. remain black! peace.

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

I'm mad I missed it too. I got out of bed at 11 just to see what time they were playing. I was shocked to see it started at 8am.

I like playing tennis. I'm no Venus but I try. I only watch when black people are playing too. I mention couple of days ago how much I love The First 48 Hours but I'm only interested when the storyline involves black people.

KC said...

I caught the doubles match at a rest stop in Maryland. I stumbled upon it and could not stop watching. It was just fascinating to see them play. It makes me so proud.

Personally, I never liked playing the game, because I could never seem to hit the ball and hated the stop and go running. Lazy? Perhaps.

Curious said...

You know, you just made me realize that there are very few wonders in the world and even fewer of those that will stick around for ever. When Bjorg kept beating back Mac in the 80's was one those and the Williams sisters is another. I'm going to start saving now for tickets next year so that 30 years from now I can say I saw them live and at their peak.

James Tubman said...

they are the bomb

turned out by the white boys

its a damn shame

Today's ranting said...

Oh yea they are phenomenal players. I love these sisters so much. I watched them played against each other. It was really emotional for them both but was also competitive. I wanted venus to win and she did.

FREEDOM said...

One Man I feel yA! I didn't start watching women's tennis until Venus and Serena came on the scene.

Check out my site I posted some parts of the match. The language on some of matches is in Chinese lol... but at least u can see the matches!

FREEDOM said...

One Man...
The last three are in English. What you don't know Chinese? LOL!

UBERMOUTH said...

Tennis will NEVER see the likes of them again!
For the whole tournament BBC 2 cocvered Wimbledon and on the day they played each other it switched to BB1. WE don't get BBC1- I just about had a stroke.
Strawberries at Wimbledown are 33p each( about 70 cents U.S)...thye are the ones making all the real money- not the tennis players.
Good on her for getting equal pay!

Queen of My Castle said...

I didn't catch it either. These ladies truly make me proud! Loves them, and yes, it's hard to hate on Venus dating a White guy because she's so full of grace and exudes class, IMO. LOL @ Big Booty Serena. I wish I had a bum like hers.

MsPuddin said...

oh yeah they had that game on at work. i'm not big on tennis, but that was a badass game.

Stew said...

that damn serena is an amazing specimen.

i don't watch tennis either unless they are playing, especially now the Hennin has retired.

makes me sad that venus is dating a white guy. i doubt serena will take that route though