The greatest tennis player in history, Serena Williams, has announced that she will end her professional career, and the retirement will officially take place in the coming weeks. The winner of 23 Grand Slam titles announced the news in the latest issue of Vogue magazine, and it means that an entire era in women’s tennis is coming to an end.
Serena’s career goes beyond sports. The 40-year-old athlete is the personification of success and with what she has done in her career, she deserves a lot of respect. A role model, an inspiration and a man who showed that if you were born to be great, you will be. No matter from which ghetto your path begins.
Still, even sports deities have their flaws. Serena Williams is no exception.
Many missed some hidden messages of the American woman who have been making a bad impression for years.
For example, in the Vogue article, she says that her daughter Olympia said that she dreams of becoming “a big sister and doesn’t want anything to do with boys.” That is, the next child in the family, if there is one, must be a girl. And being a boy, obviously, means you’re one of the bad guys.
Williams also adds that “she’s never minded being a woman, but as one, she has to focus on her family now. And if she was a man, it would be a lot easier to be Tom Brady while her wife takes care of the household”.
Of course, there is discrimination against women in many sports, although tennis is not at all one of them, but in a multi-billionaire family, is there no one to take care of the child and cook when the parents are at work?
And should discrimination against women be met with discrimination against men? Not to mention the fact that right now in the US, being a heterosexual white male means having the fewest rights possible.
It’s also reminiscent of that infamous 2018 US Open final between Serena and Naomi Osaka, when Williams lost her temper, for which she was rightly penalized by the chair umpire. However, she then accused him that she was punished not because she broke the rules, but “because she is a black mother”. In the end, Osaka’s title was tainted, and the Japanese woman suffered severe psychological trauma.
For years, Serena has been fighting battles that are outside of sports, but what she achieves on the court is a powerful tool in winning them. The point is, the world has changed a lot from what it was in the 80s, and some of the tennis great’s suggestions are outdated.
In a great career, unparalleled, it remains a mystery how a champion like Williams at times displayed an inferiority complex that she should not have. She had to be not just a mother, but a super mother. Why? All mothers are great, not only Serena, the difference is in another – that she is a great tennis player.
It is hardly easy to grow up in the ghetto, but it is no less easy to be born in Yugoslavia during the war, for example. And this is a controversy that should not be entered into for anything in the world, but it should not be provoked either.
Williams has every right to choose her way of doing things, and sometimes hers is not to stand for something, but to stand against another. Sports malice is a powerful weapon in sports, but in life it is the language of hate. Never mind that she is sometimes dressed in shiny clothes.