What to make of the recent Wozniacki-Williams towel-stuffing tennis incident?
In an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova in Brazil last month, Caroline Wozniacki mocked Serena Williams by stuffing her shirt and skirt with towels. It was not the first time Wozniacki has performed her towel-enhanced impression. The two tennis players are reported to be friends.
The incident was the topic of discussion everywhere, from Jezebel to ESPN to The View, with the commentary largely focused on whether or not Wozniacki was being racist, funny, or simply insensitive.
Regardless of the intent of Wozniacki’s impression, tennis has long been perceived as a white country club sport. The Williams sisters, who happen to be two of the best female players the game has ever known, are African-American, and grew up on the public courts of Compton, in Los Angeles, surrounded by “gangs and guns,” as Venus recalls. This reality seems very present whenever their domination of tennis over the past 20 years or so is discussed. And its presence seems unlikely to dissipate anytime soon.
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