When I read that Serena won Wimbledon six times, 21 grand slams, and made history as the oldest woman to ever win, I really didn’t have a clue to what that meant. Unfortunately, I still don’t know.
Tennis is not like the major sports of football, basketball, and baseball. Most of us know when the major games are being played. The sports magazines and sportscasters lost a great opportunity to gain a better viewing audience by showcasing their greatest star. Instead, they choose to focus on Serena’s body image.
It’s really a shame. When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship, they came home to a parade in the street with all their adoring fans cheering. Serena came home to criticism of how she looks. Where is her parade? Where is her glory? Where the sports analyzers to research how she continues to win and dominate? Where is that conversation?
While I’m pleased that the public in general have rejected attempts to celebrate those who have chosen to attack Serena’s body, I’m disappointed that the sports world does not celebrate its own and that it would cast this dark shadow and minimize the accomplishments of such a phenomenal athlete. Let’s put it in perspective; twenty-one grand slams, oldest person to win, and Wimbledon six times. Can someone please tell me what that means?