Google Down the Line!: Quote of the Day: Richard Williams on racism in tennis

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Quote of the Day: Richard Williams on racism in tennis

"Tennis is a prejudice game. Well, I’m black and I’m prejudiced, very prejudiced. I’ll be always prejudiced as the white man. The white man hated me all my life and I hate him. That’s no secret. I’m not even an American, it just so happens that I was born in America. People are prejudiced in tennis. I don’t think Venus or Serena was ever accepted by tennis. They never will be. But if you get some little white no-good trasher in America like Tracy Austin or Chris Evert who cannot hit the ball, they will claim this is great…I think [Venus and Serena] can easily be No. 1 in women’s tennis. They have speed, they have power. Right now, they are more interested in learning to develop more businesses."

- Richard Williams on racism in tennis
I think he and Barack Obama would have a very interesting conversation after the presidential hopeful's speech on race yesterday.

(image via Getty)


  1. It's a miracle that this ignorant man produced such lovely young ladies...

  2. I think its somewhat true being a person of color, its a kind of hush-hush attitude about serna and venus and their ethnicity...would two european sisters who were dominating tennis get so much crap and insults as the williams' do???


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