Know that I very rarely regret anything I have ever said to anyone. I mostly regret that they were unable, unwilling and/or unready to hear it.
I don't follow any sports. I do follow Serena. I follow what I pick up on in reading articles or see on the news. I met her father once. I wrote about that too. From meeting him it is not hard for me to see from where she gets her grit.
What transpired on the court and during the ceremony do not surprise me one bit. I saw her daddy's temper and I saw her compassion for others that followed.
Now this part. The coaching rule at the Grand Slam sucked in duplicity. It reeked of sexism and was emblazoned with powerism. I do not believe it had to do with race. I do believe this male umpire could not muster the idea of being yelled at by a woman. I believe the very act reached him at levels that instigated a primitive strike back. I sensed he could not fathom the very act of this powerful woman pushing back, standing her ground and defending her virtue, integrity and reputation.
Had a male player done the same, and they have plenty of times, this umpire would have cast warnings or threat of repercussion.
Men must come around to the fact that we live in a new day and are raising a new generation of female. There are Serenas everywhere. And once you birth one, she cannot be put back in the bosom.
We are readying ourselves for a new revolution of strength and position. I think someone should warn the umpire that like Serena, we are just getting started.
We are fully awake! And that is not a bad thing. Being silenced is not an option on or off the court.