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.