Serena Williams ‘paved the way’ for mothers to keep playing tennis, says Martina Navratilova
Serena Williams was the first true superstar to enter the pro ranks when she was just 16 years old. She became the youngest Grand Slam singles finalist at the age of 15. She also became the first African-American to win her first World Championship when she reached the finals at the 2012 French Open. Now, in her 20s, and just over a month away from returning from knee surgery, Williams made a shocking revelation about her future plans on Twitter, which saw her post some rather negative comments. Williams has also been very vocal about the #metoo movement, speaking up after a former coach was charged with violating several women’s equality laws.
The three-time Grand Slam winner became aware of the abuse she was subjected to from a number of former coaches. The former men’s coach was ultimately found guilty of sexual assault, but the movement has been fuelled by a number of other women’s allegations. Williams then posted a series of messages, saying “f*ck #metoo” and “I don’t need #metoo.”
Williams has been one of the biggest stars in the last few years, winning the World No. 1 title in 2017 and this year being named the U.S. Open champion. She recently announced she would retire from the court after the 2020 U.S. Open to spend more time with son Alexis. However, in a new interview, Williams had some harsh words for the #metoo movement, making some really pointed comments about the “rape culture” in the game. Williams went on to say that she used to be on the support team of her former coach, and that was the reason her team wasn’t as good as it should have been.
“If you’ve been a part of that team, you know how hard it is, and how you’re pushed to go beyond what they ask. And that was the main reason I had a hard time playing tennis, but it was a good problem to have. The problem was, as I see it, it was a problem that was being exacerbated by the #metoo movement. That’s on my teammates, not on me.”
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