Speechless Over Serena

I just got word via the BBC that “Serena Williams has been fined and given a suspended three-year ban from the US Open for her tirade at a line judge”

I really hope this is a bad joke. Three years? That seems a bit harsh doesn’t it? Would a male players be fined and suspended the same amount? I think players who have tested positive for an illegal substance, say steroids, have been banned for less time!

What does this say about the intersections of class, race and gender in the game of tennis in the 21st century? Who plays and under what conditions? Who is punished (or not) and for what transgressions? Who decides, under what conditions, using what criteria to determine “major offence of aggravated behaviour”. I’m speechless.

2 Replies to “Speechless Over Serena”

  1. I agree with your comment about players who were tested in positive on drugs.

    Why this weird society is generous for white players, not for Barry Bonds? He is only banned by drug use whereas A-rod, Andy Petit, and Jason Giambi, they are still in MLB.

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