The world’s #1 tennis player is ready to make her return to the BNP Paribad in Indiana Wells, a tournament she boycotted back in 2001
Tennis action is back in full swing on the female side as the BNP Paribas Open will be starting tonight in Indian Wells, California. All eyes will be on tennis superstar Serena Williams as she makes her return to the tournament she won in 2001. Serena decided to boycott and to not part take in the tournament due to racial slurs that were being expressed to her family during tournament play. In case you are wondering , she haven’t played in the tournament in so long, it’s because her and her sister Venus were the spotlight of a “fixing” match controversy that made the fans highly upset. At the time, the sisters participated in the 2001 doubles match semifinals when Venus had to be pulled out due to injury. The crowd didn’t take light of the situation and decided to express their disappointments by booing them. The mean street continued when more racial remarks were being made to Serena as she went up against Kim Clijsters for the women’s finals. Serena defeated Kim and decided to never comeback to play in the tournament again….up until now.
When asked about the decision, Serena said her return is all about forgiving and to even out the racial climate that is going on in the United States today.
In order to forgive you have to be able to let go of everything, and I kind of let go a long time ago, and I kind of forgave, but I still wasn’t at a point where I was ready to come back to Indian Wells
Serena is set to make her return tonight at 10 pm eastern time as she will go up against No. 68 ranked Monica Niculescu. Big shoutouts goes out to Serena as she finally came up with the courage and grace to say enough is enough and let’s play tennis. Racial discrimination in the African American community is a huge issue that needs to be tackle. By Serena stepping up to the plate and not stop her from attempting to continue her dominance in this tournament shows fans that she is able to ace it on and off the tennis court.
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