Just a short post about developments in tennis that might fly under the radar because tennis “journalism” is not what “journalism” is supposed to be.
Sachia Vickery has decided to play for Guyana, the country where her mother was born, instead of the United States. Don’t start yawning yet. Vickery is just outside of the top 100 in the world, and is a product of the USTA’s development program. Back when I first started this blog I wrote about Vickery and Victoria Duval and the struggles they faced as young women of color in a system where their peers families were well off while their parents struggled.
When I read the news I have to say I was surprised, and then not so surprised. Certainly the USTA has more clout in terms of getting WC’s and such but if she can play herself into the top 100 the importance of that fades.
My second thought was that this is the second female player of color who has opted to play for another country. Don’t forget that Naomi Osaka was going to play for the US but her father, citing lack of support from the USTA, opted to have his daughter play for Japan. I wonder if that is the reason- lack of support -behind Ms Vickery’s choice? She’s a bit older than Ms Osaka was when the choice was made for her so she knows what the implications are.
I wish Ms Vickery the best and hope that she does well at the Olympics, the reason given for her making this move at this time.
Then there’s Bernard Tomic. Tennis Australia finally grew a pair and began treating him like the low level player he is so anyone who has been paying attention knew that there would be a reaction from the party boy.
This is the headline that greeted tennis fans today: Embattled Bernard Tomic threatens to expose ‘the many things that are corrupt’ in Tennis Australia – as he reveals he still wants to win matches for the nation
No one should be surprised about this. That a player publicly threatens to expose FIFA like corruption in his own Federation would normally give one pause but not in his situation. Tomic has been coddled by Tennis Australia for years now and as usually happens in this kind of situation petulance and threats ensue when the adults in the room finally start acting like adults. The ball is definitely in Tennis Australia’s court now.
The Tennys Sandgren situation has not gone away. The USTA wishes it would because it wants to promote him. Good luck with that.
Pam Shriver, an ESPN commentator, has still not apologized to Chung Hyeon for implying his retirement was Punking out” so to speak. Not content with that questionable comment she said the following about Caroline Wozniacki‘s win last night:
Pam Shriver making the verrry generous leap that she “wouldn’t be surprised” if David Lee’s height and power hasn’t helped Caroline’s added velocity on serve. This is some next level mess.
Uh huh. I think she was out in the sun too long.
Alizé Cornet missed three anti doping tests but she says she has valid reasons.
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